A 36-year-old, married female sustained a right fractured hip and a left fractured wrist, in a Motor Vehicle Accident. Post operatively; the patient was restricted to partial weight bearing through her right lower extremity, and non-weight bearing through her left wrist.
Two-wheeled walker with 5” swivel front wheels and rear gliders, auto-stop brakes and a forearm attachment on the left.
A wheelchair had been discussed, but was not recommended due to her concerns about space and manoeuvrability in her apartment. Building on this client’s prior strength, endurance, and good health she was able to show sufficient strength to mobilize independently and safely with the two-wheeled walker.
The walker was fitted with a padded forearm attachment on the left side to support her weight through her forearm. This enabled the client to meet her lower and upper extremity weight bearing restrictions and still steer the walker over the hardwood surface in her apartment.
This client was able to independently enter and exit her bedroom, bathroom and kitchen using this walker. When assistance from family was available they would stow the walker into the trunk of the car and she was able to transfer in and out to attend medical appointments and social events when necessary.
When the surgeon changes her weight bearing status for her upper and lower extremity, the appropriateness of this walker will need to be re-assessed.
You’ll need to consider much more than physical ability.
What about the environment and social supports?
And if so, how do you find a therapist?
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