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Ambulatory Equipment

Continuous Passive Motion (CPM)
A treatment method designed to aid recovery after joint surgery. The joint is moved through a prescribed range of motion that allows movement without the patient’s muscle being used. A CPM can be used in knee replacements, tendon repair, and ACL reconstruction.

Transfer Boards
Boards that are small enough to fit on the seat of a wheelchair or balance on the rim of a toilet. The design is flat and sturdy to support the patient as the patient is lifted between locations. Many transfer boards are designed allow patients to slide along the board, increasing personal mobility by allowing patients to set up their own transfer boards and move themselves.

Single point cane
This type of cane contains a handle used to steady a person's gait. The length is related to the person's height.

Quad cane
Has four rubber-tipped prongs extending from an adjustable aluminum staff. This cane provides more stability than a regular straight cane.

Small base quad cane
This would be used by patients who need support and who can climb stairs. The large base quad cane is used by patients who need more support and who are unable to climb stairs.

Underarm crutches
These crutches are joined in a narrow "V" shape. The wide end is padded and fits in the underarm of the patient.

Forearm attachment for crutches
Can be used by slipping the arm into a cuff and holding the grip. The cuff, typically made of plastic or metal, can be a half-circle or a full circle with a V-type opening in the front allowing the forearm to slip out in case of a fall. 

Adjustable folding walker
Contains four adjustable legs to accommodate the patient's height. The walker has handgrips to aid the patient, gaining three-sided support when stepping forward. This walker folds for easy transport and storage.

Adjustable non-folding walker
Similar to the adjustable folding walker, this also includes four adjustable legs and hand grips without the ability to fold.

Rollator Walker
Similar to a rolling walker except it includes a bench. This is in case the patient becomes tired and needs to rest. This bench is connected to the walker and the patient can turn around and sit on this to take a break if it is needed.

Folding wheeled walker
Similar to the folding walker except that it is contains wheels. The wheel allows a person to glide if he or she isn't strong enough to lift the walker.

Platform Attachment for walkers and crutches

Standard wheelchair
Has non-removable, full-length arms, footrests and wheel locks. It will generally accommodate patients 5 feet 5 inches to 6 feet tall weighing 110 to 200 pounds. A narrow wheelchair is slimmer than the standard wheelchair and may be used to fit through more narrow doorways.

Provides a lower seat than the standard wheelchair to allow a person to propel with their feet. This wheelchair is used by people not tall enough to be able to place their feet on the ground while in the chair.

Lightweight wheelchair
Lighter than the average standard wheelchair and is used by people who lack the upper-body strength to propel themselves in a standard wheelchair.

Heavy-duty (or bariatric) wheelchair 
This wheelchair is specifically for weights of 250 pounds and above.

Reclining wheelchair 
High back, a headrest and an extension, and the back reclines to various degrees.

Transport chair
A light weight folding chair with four wheels. These are designed to be pushed by a caregiver to provide mobility to patients outside the home or more common medical settings.

Geriatric wheel chairs
A medical recliner for home care or facility use. They are an effective means of reducing difficult transfers from wheelchairs to bed and other seating devices. It makes it easier for the patient to be moved around the home and nap comfortably if desired.

Electric wheel chairs
Electric-powered  and useful for those unable to propel a manual wheelchair or who may need to use a wheelchair for distances or over terrain which would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair.

Wheelchair cushions
Inflatable cushions that contain cells to make the area to which you sit in a wheelchair more comfortable to the patient.

Support Surfaces
Include materials such as mattresses to support patients that may be bed-ridden through illness to alleviate any complications such as bed sores.

A person who must always use a wheelchair is at risk for developing pressure sores, or decubitus ulcers. Unless the person repositions frequently, decubitus ulcers can develop within a few hours.

Elderly patients are most likely to suffer from pressure sores. Also highly susceptible are bedridden patients whose skin may be sensitive because of nervous or circulatory conditions and those for whom paralysis makes change of position impossible. Included in this group are patients with stroke, cancer, AIDS, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or quadriplegia.

Some products that may be ordered for the patient are:

  • an alternating pressure pad with pump

  • dry pressure mattress

  • air pressure mattress

  • gel pressure mattress

  • air-fluidized bed