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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Crutch Walking (4-point gait, 3-point gait, 2-point gait, Swing-to gait, Swing-through gait)

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4-point gait

* Safest gait
* Requires weight bearing on both legs
* Move RIGHT crutch ahead (6 inches)
* Move LEFT foot forward at the level of the RIGHT crutch
* Move the LEFT crutch forward
* Move the RIGHT foot forward

3-point gait

* Requires weight bearing on the UNAFECTED leg
* Move BOTH crutches and the WEAKER LEG forward
* Move the STRONGER leg forward

2-point gait

* Faster than 4-point
* Requires more balance
* Partial bearing on BOTH legs
* Move the LEFT crutch and RIGHT foot FORWARD together
* Move the RIGHT crutch and LEFT foot forward together

Swing-to gait

* Usually used by client with paralysis of both legs
* Prolonged use results in atrophy of unused muscle
* Move BOTH crutches together
* Lift body weight by the arms and swing to the crutches (at the level)

Swing-through gait

* Move BOTH crutches together
* Lift body weight by the arms and swing forward, ahead of the crutches (beyond the level)

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