Knee scooters have proven to avoid underarm discomfort, balance problems and other adverse consequences of crutches. Unlike conventional walkers, they leave both hands free for daily tasks. They are more maneuverable than wheelchairs and easier to transport.
Who can benefit from a TLC?
TLC's are suitable for people who want to stay as mobile as possible during recovery. Candidates include people who have had foot surgery; diabetics with Charcot joint disease, ulcers or other complications; and patients with bunionectomies, Achilles tendon problems, and foot reconstruction. Certain patients with neuro-muscular problems, arthritis or amputations may also benefit. Consult your physician or surgeon about whether a TLC is right for you and how long to use it.
Many diabetics' foot wounds don't heal successfully because of wound disturbance. Patients step on injured feet for balance when moving from crutches, walkers or wheelchairs onto toilets or chairs. The TLC, when properly operated, allows the user to perform most daily activities (such as food preparation, personal care and even shopping) without ever putting weight on the injured foot. Additionally, the TLC promotes movement by making activities easier, thus helping patients maintain better cardio-pulmonary fitness.
Amputees of the lower leg or foot have found the TLC useful for nighttime bathroom visits, when there isn't time to attach a prosthesis. They report getting better sleep because they are more confident of success.
• Easily adjustable to patient heights from 4' 10" to 6' 6" tall, and from left to right
• Standard model can accommodate weights up to 350 pounds, bariatric model up to 500 pounds
• Steers like an automobile rather than a shopping cart, easily but not so sharply as to cause instability
• Large wheel size and steering mechanism allows the TLC to go over common surface irregularities
• Dual hand brake for additional control
• Light weight (25 pounds) and foldable for easy transportation and storage