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If you have an injured leg, you might choose to use a knee scooter to help yourself move around. Knee scooters can help you to avoid putting weight on your injured leg.
Your healthcare team may have given you specific instructions about how much weight you can put on your injured leg. Follow those instructions closely.
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your knee scooter.
Adjusting the height of the knee rest
Stand up straight. Depending on how much weight you can put on your injured leg, you may need to hold on to something for balance.
Bend the knee of your injured leg 90 degrees.
Have someone measure the distance from the bottom of your bent knee to the floor.
Adjust the height of the knee rest to match this distance. Your knee rest is at the right height if your leg is resting on the knee rest at 90 degrees and your hips are even.
Adjusting the height of the handlebar
Getting on your knee scooter
Getting off your knee scooter
Going up curbs (ascending)
Going down curbs (descending)
Go slow. Do not scoot at high speeds.
Keep both of your hands on the handlebars at all times.
Always slow down before making a turn. Use your brakes and non-injured foot to slow yourself down.
When you are scooting downhill, keep your speed slow and controlled. Use both your handbrakes and your non-injured foot to control your speed. Take small, quick steps with your non-injured leg.
Always keep your body balanced on your knee scooter.
If you need to reach out for something, park the knee scooter as close as possible to where you need to reach. Always put on the brakes before reaching. Avoid reaching for things on the floor while you are on your knee scooter.
Think about getting a basket to attach to your knee scooter if you think that you will need to carry things.
If possible, avoid uneven ground and curbs.
Do not use your knee scooter on stairs or steps.
Do not use a knee scooter if you have issues with balance, coordination, or vision, or if your non-injured leg is not strong and healthy.
To learn more about using a knee scooter, watch how to use a knee scooter (video) from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Your doctor or physiotherapist will tell you when you can stop using your knee scooter.
To see this information online and learn more, visit https://MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/AfterCareInformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_physio_kneescooter_inst
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: October 06, 2022
Author: Physiotherapy Services, Alberta Health Services
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