Mobility assistive devices are not new to mankind.
Canes and crutches go back into prehistoric times. These primitive canes and crutches were first shaped after sticks.
Drive walkers today are unrecognizable from the modest sticks.
Individuals who experience gait problems as a result of bilateral lower extremity weakness, those suffering from incoordination and those needing added body weight support are often prescribed with drive walkers.
There are two types of walkers: those with wheels and those without wheels. Walkers that do not have wheels are also known as pick-up, 4-point and standard walkers. In order to move forward, users of this type of equipment need to the lift the device.
Walkers with wheels are also known as drive walkers. These devices are available in different number of wheels: 4-wheel drive walkers, 3-wheel drive walkers and the 2-wheel drive walkers.
The 4-wheel and the 2-wheel drive walkers are the popular walkers.
Compared to the other wheeled walkers, the 2-wheel drive walkers offer more stability.
The 3-wheel and 4-wheel walkers, meanwhile, have their unique advantages.
The 3-wheeled drive walkers are ideal for those who need more lower limb support. This particular mobility solution is advantageous for those living in small spaces, such as those who live in trailers.
The 4-wheeled drive walker, meanwhile, has its distinctive advantages. This mobility aid is particularly beneficial to patients with Parkinsonism as this device easily rolls forward, making it easy for users to walk. This assistive technology also stops patients with Parkinson’s disease from falling backward.
Modern drive walkers are now equipped with handbrakes – located in some devices on the handles, in some units these are located on a platform seat.
Modern walkers now come with extra features such as seat bench, pouch or basket.
The platform seat in 4-wheeled walkers enables users to take their needed rest. In addition, the seat in 4-wheeled walkers is perfect for those with limited endurance as a result of cardiopulmonary disease.