Ambulation with crutches

During the correction phase while wearing the TAYLOR SPATIAL FRAME device, you may be required to use crutches if your leg is the affected limb. Your surgeon will prescribe a weight-bearing status for you to walk, either partial weight bearing or full weight bearing, which will determine whether or not you will be required to use crutches.

Before walking with crutches, it is important that you are fit properly for them and that you know how to walk correctly and safely. Your physical therapist will teach you techniques for standing, walking and maneuvering yourself with crutches. With a little time, practice and patience, you will learn how to walk with crutches.

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2Smeltzer, Suzanne C. and Brenda G. Bare. Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Pennsylvania: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 1992.