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    Rollators/Walkers

    Hi all

    I currently use a walking stick and also need to use a wheelchair when I am at my worst. (attendant type).

    I am having more and more difficulty in just using my stick and do not want to have to use my wheelchair all the time. I want to remain as independant as possible for as long as I can and not rely on my partner to push me around in my chair all the time.
    I have bad problems walking, (due to pain, back problems, arthritis etc) but also have arthritis and carpal tunnel in my hands. This means I cannot self propel a chair and also unable to use 2 sticks or crutches as my left hand has very little strength or grip at all, (my right hand is not as bad).

    I am wondering if a Rollator/Walker might be a solution? I am thinking that with a Rollator walker my body weight might be distributed better taking pressure of my hip, knees and back. But would my hand strength and grip mean I would not be able to use one? I was thinking of the type with a seat, so when I am out, it would mean I could take frequent rests.

    Has anyone with similar problems had experience of using a Rollator/walker?

    I am willing to buy one myself, but would need to borrow or hire one for a week or two to see how I got on before making a purchase. Does anyone know of a way I can do this, (a bit like "try before you buy" scheme).

    Thanks in advance for any input/advice.
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    Don't think a walker would be suitable because of your wrists. I hold myself stable with mine and it takes a great deal of upper body strength. You also need to be able to pull the brakes on, like bike brakes. With carpel tunnel it would be painful.

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    You sound like you have similar problems to me. I walk using one crutch but that good hand now has carpal tunnel syndrome due to crushing nerves. Like you I can't use a manual wheelchair and have just ordered a manual wheelchair that will have a bolt on engine added.



    No harm in trying this out http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lightweigh...34687246&rt=nc

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Beau, I think you could be right with regard to my hands/wrists. Also, I do not have a great deal of upper body strength, so not much good on that front.

    Thanks for the link LT. I had a look and it does look a good one, but as Beau says, maybe a Rollator/walker not a good idea for me.

    I am going to try and see my GP this week about a couple of problems. Whilst I am there, I think I will request a referral for a full Social care/OT assessment. I am well overdue for this. I have left it a while as my bungalow has most of the adaptations I need, but now my walking/moving around has got so bad, maybe an assessment is required.

    Hopefully they may have some solutions to suggest.
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    Hi babyblu64

    I do pretty much the same only use a wheelchair when I have to - also attendant type. Also have osteoarthritis in wrists/hands and carpel tunnel in both.

    Previously considered a Walker/Rollator.

    Been to Hand Therapist in the physio department and have two night wrist/hand braces and two day braces. With these day braces - it has made it a little more comfortable to use walking sticks - I've a selection of walking sticks with the moulded handles.

    Have you asked your consultants to refer you to a Hand Therapist?

    I don't think I would get on with the Rollator and I've noticed when people use them they lean over it, which I'm not sure is particularly good for the spine? Or am I being weird saying that?

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    Amy, yes people do tend to lean over them. You have to make a conscious effort not to do that as you are asking for real back problems. If they are adjusted correctly there is no need to lean. Like pushing a pram really.
    I have been using one for about 11 years now, since my early 50's, and always try to walk as upright as possible but I have to hold myself up on it so I don't fall over. Plays havoc with hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.

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    Beau

    I'm quite tall (the shorty in the family), 5ft 8in and then add my boots with orthopaedic insoles etc, thick socks, makes me about 5ft 10in - the last thing I need is adding stress/strain to my lower back.

    Thanks for clarify that Beau.

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    Amy, it is very difficult to get a rollator to accommodate taller people. Usually the bariatric ones adjust higher but not that high. I know of a couple of men who have them and they are 6', and I can't remember which ones they have but they still have to stoop.
    Do you realise they are also weight limited, that is no offence as I don't know your weight, but just making a point.

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    Thanks Beau - it's the height I'm worried about.

    Returning back to babyblue64 - have you ever tried one? Was thinking if you went to a shop that supplies them, ask them to adjust it, wander round the shop. Think about it and then decide. If need be, go several times, especially on a 'worse' type day - nothing better than seeing how you would manage when you are having a bad day. Then once decided - shop around, lighttouch's link showed a really good price.

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