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Monday, June 29, 2015

MOBILITY MONDAYS -- Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches

Ergobaum by Ergoactives Forearm Crutches

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
"THE KING’S CRUTCH"

Introducing Ergobaum®, the first ergonomically designed, non-rigid, pain free crutch. CE, USA Medicare & Medicaid Approved! Ergobaum® is a lightweight crutch/cane that effectively reduces shoulder & arm pain, underarm discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tendon subluxation.

Ergobaum Crutches are equipped with loaded spring shock absorbers that reduce the impact of the injury and the ground during walk. These crutches are also equipped with safety light reflectors, retractable knee-rest platforms, LED lights, panic buttons, and are fully adjustable. Ergobaum crutches are designed for users between 5’ and 6’6’’ in height. Maximum weight limit 340 lbs.

Only Ergobaum® has been designed by specialists to provide:

• Unmatched manageability through its two shock absorber technology and adjustable armband.
• Superb ergonomics achieved through its easily adjustable, non-slip, rubber grip.
• Remarkable comfort thanks to its built-in, retractable knee rest.
• Unique safety features: reflective bands, LED lamp and pushbutton alarm or panic button.
• Exceptional stability thanks to its new no-slip shoe design. The Ergocap® Universal Crutch Tip designed by Ergoactives provides High Performance balance virtually at any angle thanks to its four legged support.

A Royal Pedigree

The product has been used and approved for its immediate positive impact on the recovery process of the user. It has been tested by thousands of patients, Including King of Spain Juan Carlos I who recovered with the help of these crutches for over three years after multiple hip and knee surgeries.
Growing up, I had good mobility. A large part of that was due to the rigorous and proactive approach to physical therapy my parents and medical doctors took. I took some sort of physical therapy until I was 21.

But then, I moved to a different city and I wasn’t as proactive about it. I figured I’m getting older; Changes in my mobility is just a part of living with CP. So I let my therapy lapse and became more sedentary… which was a mistake.

By time I hit 30, I was using a quad cane or ‘creeping’ like a toddler would to get around. 32 came and I was crawling down the stairs of our house. 33 hit and I was now sitting down and sliding or scooting down the stairs.

This wasn’t me. This wasn’t how I was raised. I wanted my mobility back. I knew if I didn’t do something QUICKLY, I’d be crawling around the house or looking for wheelchair-friendly housing.

So, I bought a walker and the wheels for it. While it did improve my mobility a lot, I still was not happy with it. I really couldn’t find a ‘happy medium’ for the height. I either had to have it too low and I’m slumped over, causing entire backaches or have it set too high and be in more of an upright position, but have searing hot pain ripping through my right hip, thigh and knee.

I wanted to get back to a more upright position when walking.

So, I was ecstatic when Ergoactives agreed to send me a set of their Ergobaum® By Ergoactives forearm crutches for review.


^^stock photo of the crutches^^

These are the European style of forearm crutches, which offer the support like typical crutches, except they don’t cause the pressure and soreness under the arms and in the wrists, like typical crutches.

The day I received the Ergobaum® crutches just happened to be Payday/Errand Day for me, so Mama Melissa and our cousin by marriage, Marty, quickly assembled the crutches and away I went to do my errands.


^^Me using the crutches^^


^^stock photo of walking with the crutches^^

For someone who had never been on crutches before in her life, I found the Ergobaum® to have a small learning curve. I haphazardly watched a few videos from a youtube channel featuring the Ergoactives® crutches, and personally, I found the method they showed for ‘normal’ walking was a bit cumbersome for me. I found I walked better using the method one uses with typical underarm crutches. I’m sure that re-watching the videos will help me grasp the positions and methods better.


^^animated gif of the Flexi-Tip^^

These are equipped with what I like to call a Flexi-tip. The tip moves with the pressure of the cane, allowing a more fluid movement while walking. I think it also adds to the support of the crutch.


^^stock photo of the front of the crutches^^

I like that everything on these crutches is fully adjustable. The height is adjustable for users from 5’ to 6’6” tall. These are adjusted with the typical ‘push button’ mechanisms. The handles adjust to 3 different positions via a large knobbed tension screw. The band that goes around the arm (below the elbow) is fully adjustable. The forearm cups adjust in height with a push of a button on the back of the crutch, but since the cup is made of hard plastic, it cannot be adjusted to fit the forearm tighter. This is where the band comes in, securing the cup to the forearm.


^^stock photo of the crutch handles^^

The handles on these are also covered in what feels like textured foam rubber. It is rubber, but it has a squishy feel to it. It’s similar to the rubber grips found on bicycle handles. I actually like this, because my hands sweat less and the rubber ‘forms’ to my hands. I feel like I have a better grip on the handles because of the textured rubber.


^^stock photo of the kneerest on the crutch^^

These also have knee rest cushions, for times when the user is waiting somewhere and their knee begins to hurt. I personally never used these, but I like the fact that they are available.

My absolute favorite features on these crutches are all the safety features they have. On the back of the forearm cups is a bright neon yellow stripe. The handles have orange reflective ovals for outdoor nighttime walking. There are also LED lights under the handles for dark, unlit areas. These are easily activated by a simple flip of a switch.

But the safety feature I like the best is the ‘panic buttons.’ If the user either falls or gets in some other sort of trouble, the user can press a small button on the handle and a loud, high-pitched squeal is emitted. This squeal will alert people that the user needs help. I really like that feature, because if a user falls in a busy area, they can yell ‘Help!’ all they want; they won’t be heard. However, the high-pitched squeal will have a better chance of being heard.

The only downfalls I see disabled people having are the assembly process and the adjustment methods. The tubes of the crutch connects, as well as the height of the crutch adjusts via push-and-slide buttons and can be a bit tricky to get to work. The arm bands also take a good amount of effort to adjust to fit. The easiest part of adjustment are the handles; just unscrew the tension knobs and adjust, then retighten the knobs.

This may just be my tips are not broken in enough yet, but the crutch tips seem to shift slightly on grounds/floors when wet. My family and I went out for dinner on a rainy night and even in the dry restaurant, the crutches felt like they were going to shift out from under me. The plus to this, however, is the crutches do shift their ‘center of gravity’ to keep you standing.

These are available from Amazon or Ergoactives.com for $160.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really like the Ergobaum® by Ergoactives® crutches. They give me the mobility I want without the cumbersome need for a walker everywhere I go.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

2 comments:

  1. For a disable people like me using mobility scooters is much more beneficial and easier. I would love to try pain free crutch also for walking in the house.

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