Clinical evaluation of the rocker bottom crutch

J. R. Basford, H. L. Rhetta, M. P. Schleusner

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One hundred fifty hospitalized patients referred to a physical therapy department for crutch walking instruction were evaluated in a randomized, controlled crossover study with 'rocker bottom' and conventional axillary crutches. A large training effect was observed with each crutch, but no significant differences (all P>.05) of gait speed, stride length, heart rate, stability, or feeling of security were noted between the groups. Thus, rocker bottom crutches, despite potential stability and energy conservation benefits, were found to be no more effective than conventional axillary crutches in this hospital setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-460
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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