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Knee Scooter vs. iWalk 2.0: Know the Difference Before Buying

Choosing the proper medical aid after an injury can truly help with your mobility during your rehabilitation. You should always choose one that is appropriate for your level of mobility so you can move around safely. For those recovering from a lower leg injury, a knee scooter may be appropriate, but the iWalk 2.0 might fit the bill perfectly. So how do you choose? We here at HPFY can help you make the proper decision before selecting your mobility aid.
 

What’s right for you - Knee Scooter or iWalk?

Each person is different and so is their injury, therefore making the medical aid they use a very personal decision. The key is finding what makes you comfortable, both in using it and safety. If you don’t feel safe using a medical aid it reduces patient compliance and may hinder the healing process. Two options available are the iWalk 2.0 and a knee scooter, but which one is right for you? Work closely with your physical therapist in order to determine your needs and limitations before making a decision. Both the iWalk 2.0 and a knee scooter have their own merits, but only you can determine what is right for you.

How is Knee Scooter and iWalk similar?

While recovering from a lower leg injury the IWalk 2.0 and the knee scooter do have some benefits that are similar. For instance, both do benefit those with non-weight bearing lower leg injuries and can replace traditional underarm crutches. Also, as opposed to standard crutches they both eliminate potential aches and pains in the wrists, hands, and underarm area. Someone with a lower leg injury may subscribe to the RICE therapy method which is an acronym for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Both the knee scooter and the iWalk 2.0 partially elevate an injured lower leg during the healing process. It is this elevation that can help expedite the healing process. Both mobility devices are well suited for level, flat terrain and can be easily maneuvered in these environments.

Drive DV8 Steerable Aluminum Knee Walker iWALK 2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch

Drive DV8 Steerable Aluminum Knee Walker

iWALK 2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch

How do Knee Scooter and iWalk differ?

Both of these medical aids can be used while recovering from a lower leg injury and have some similarities, but there are some subtle and important differences to understand before you decide on a piece of equipment. When doing a knee scooter vs. iWalk 2.0 comparison there are some questions you might want to ask. The iWalk knee crutch is truly a hands-free device as compared to the knee scooter which requires both hands to operate properly and safely. The environment around us can dictate what type of equipment we need and stairs are a big part of that. The knee scooter is not properly equipped to deal with stairs while the iWalk hands-free crutch can safely navigate stairs. Other uneven terrain, such as gravel, curbs, and slopes, are not ideally suited for the scooter, but can easily be traversed with the iWalk crutch.
 

Karman Healthcare KW-100 Luxury Knee Scooter iWALK 2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch

Karman Healthcare KW-100 Luxury Knee Scooter

iWALK 2.0 Hands Free Knee Crutch

Before deciding which medical aid is right for you, examine the environment in which you will be using them and the impact they will have on your lifestyle. Work with your doctor or physical therapist and be sure to be honest about any trepidation you may have regarding any piece of equipment. Choose your weapon and keep on truckin’.
 

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