Mobility impairments significantly affect the quality of life of people with Huntington’s disease. Medical rollators are often prescribed to patients with this condition to prevent falls.
Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease. It causes the gradual breakdown of the nerve cells in the brain. Mobility disorders that are associated with this condition include involuntary jerking and muscle rigidity. Patients with Huntington’s disease also experience impaired gait, balance and posture.
A study by Tian et al. showed that Huntington’s disease patients have greater postural sway while standing. The same study showed that this condition causes motor response delay to unexpected balance disturbances.
These mobility disorders greatly impact the person’s ability to perform daily tasks. These mobility disorders also compromise a person’s independence. These motor disorders also increase the risk for falls.
Health care professionals often prescribe medical rollators to Huntington’s disease patients.
Medical rollators are walking frames with wheels. Some medical rollators have 3 wheels; others have 4 wheels. There is no need to lift the device with the 4-wheeled model.
A study by Kloos et al. showed that the 4-wheeled medical rollators benefit Huntington’s disease patients in the following ways:
– These devices reduce the fall risk among Huntington’s disease patients.
– These devices enable the users to walk faster.
– These devices provide greater ease of use.
The reason behind this ease of use for the 4-wheeled medical rollators is that the user simply has to apply pressure with the hands in order to move the device.
Medical rollators with adjustable height, in particular, is a convenient aid to improving daily mobility of people with Huntington’s disease.
This medical product must be adjusted to the correct height to prevent wrist, elbow, back or shoulder pain. To achieve the correct height, follow these easy steps:
– Wear your normal shoes.
– Let your hands hang loosely on your sides.
– Measure the distance from your wrist to the floor. Ask someone to measure this distance for you.
– Adjust the height based on the measurement.
The correct height is when you notice a 20-degree to 30-degree bend of your elbow once you hold the handle.