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Crutches - warning on use of armpit crutches

Discussion in 'Exercises, therapy, walking aids' started by Josephine, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Josephine

    Josephine FORUM ADMIN, NURSE DIRECTOR Administrator
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    The trouble with armpit crutches is that people tend to hang on them, pressing them into their armpits which is not the proper way to use them.

    If you lean on the upper pads, pressing them into your armpits, it puts increased pressure on a large nerve and blood vessel bundle that supplies your arm. Keep doing this, and your arm starts to tingle and get weak and you get pain in your arms, hands and wrists. You can see the major artery in this xray - along side it runs the brachial nerve or plexus which is a very large nerve.
    arm pit anatomy.jpg


    Proper Positioning:
    - the top of your crutches should reach between 1-1½ inches below your armpits while you stand up straight
    - the hand grips of the crutches should be even with the top of your hip line
    - your elbows should bend a bit when you use the hand grips
    - hold the top of the crutches tightly to your sides and use your hands to absorb the weight; do NOT let the tops of the crutches press into your armpits
     
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