The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Texas, aimed to compare the effects of using the iWALK 3.0 hands-free crutch, a knee scooter, and traditional crutches on blood flow in the lower limbs.
They found that the iWALK crutch improved blood flow significantly more than the other two walking aids.
Why does this matter?
Well, maintaining healthy blood flow is crucial for overall health, especially when recovering from an injury. It’s essential to healing quickly and effectively. When blood flow is restricted, there is a risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs.
However, the researchers found that using the iWALK crutch contradicts the general understanding that a knee kept bent at a 90-degree angle increases the risk of DVT.
In fact, they found that the iWALK crutch improved blood flow and reduced the risk of DVT compared to the other walking aids, because the act of walking itself mitigates the negative effects of having your knee bent.
So while these risks may still remain when using a scooter, they don’t when walking with an iWALK.
Now, let’s talk about the iWALK crutch itself.
It’s a hands-free crutch that allows users to walk normally, without the need to hold onto anything. It’s essentially a wearable platform that straps to your leg, providing support and stability and the means to continue with daily activities. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and can be adjusted to fit almost any leg size. And, as this study shows, it also has significant health benefits.
So, if you’re in need of a walking aid, whether it’s due to an injury or a disability, it’s worth considering the iWALK3.0 hands-free crutch. Not only will it improve your mobility, but it will also improve your overall health and the effectiveness of your recovery by maintaining healthy blood flow. Amazingly, there are even more clinical benefits to using the iWALK and you can read a bit more about those here.
In conclusion, the ability to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of DVT make the iWALK3.0 a superior choice compared to traditional crutches or knee scooters. So, if you’re looking for a comfortable, convenient, and healthy way to get around, give the iWALK crutch a try.
Reference: Adam P. Bradley, MS, Alexis S. Roehl, Ryan McGrath, PhD, Joseph Smith, PhD, and Kyle J. Hackney, PhD.
Bradley AP, Roehl AS, McGrath R, Smith J, Hackney KJ. Popliteal Blood Flow With Lower-Extremity Injury Mobility Devices.
Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. 2022;7(4). doi:10.1177/24730114221142784
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