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Ambulatory Assistive Device

Aka: Ambulatory Assistive Device, Ambulatory Device, Mobility Device
  1. See Also
    1. Assistive Technology
    2. Canes
    3. Crutches
    4. Walkers
  2. Indication
    1. Gait disturbance
  3. Available Ambulatory Devices
    1. Canes
      1. Standard Cane
      2. Offset Cane
      3. Multi-leg cane (Quad Cane)
      4. Walk Cane (Hemi-Walker)
    2. Crutches
      1. Axillary Crutches
      2. Forearm Crutches
    3. Walkers
      1. Standard Walker
      2. Front wheeled walker
      3. Four wheeled walker
  4. Preparation: Ambulatory Device selection in elderly
    1. Patient needs 2 hands to use Ambulatory Device
      1. Patient needs weight bearing assistance
        1. Occasional use: Offset Cane
        2. Frequent use: Quad Cane
        3. Continuous use: Hemi-Walker
      2. Patient needs device only for balance
        1. Standard Cane
    2. Patient needs only 1 hand to use Ambulatory Device
      1. Patient needs weight bearing assistance
        1. Occasional use: Forearm Crutches
        2. Frequent or continuous use
          1. Front-Wheeled Walker
          2. Standard Walker
      2. Patient needs device only for balance
        1. Four-Wheeled Walker
  5. References
    1. Bradley (2011) Am Fam Physician 84(4): 405-11 [PubMed]
    2. Van Hook (2003) Am Fam Physician 67(8):1717-24 [PubMed]

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