GOING DOWN THE STAIRS WITH CRUTCHES


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  1. Hold the railing with one hand and the crutches together in the other hand.
  2. Step up with the "good" or uninvolved leg.
  3. Bring the crutches up with the "bad" or injured leg.

GOING DOWN THE STAIRS WITH CRUTCHES

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  1. Stand close to edge and put crutches down to step with the involved leg.
  2. Step down with the "good" leg.

TO STAND UP WITH CRUTCHES

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  1. Hold both crutches in one hand by the hand grips.
  2. Put other hand on chair arm and stand.
  3. When you are standing, take one crutch and put it under the opposite arm.

GUIDELINES FOR CRUTCH USE


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  1. Stand straight, shoulders, relaxed.
  2. Top of crutch should lie against the ribs, 2-3 finger widths from the armpit.
  3. Hand grips should be positioned so that there is a slight bend in the elbows.
  4. Crutch tips should also be about 6 inches from each foot and out to the side.
  5. Never hang or press down on the underarm pads. All weight should be on the hands.

THIS MATERIAL DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. IT IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR SPECIFIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE CENTER FOR ORTHOPAEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

1211 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
770-565-0011
http://www.arthroscopy.com