Following an illness, surgery or injury, a patient may be prevented from putting his or her full weight in the affected leg. Certain medical ailments may also make one or both legs weak and may disturb balance.
The main aim of physical therapy for people with balance difficulty, weight bearing restrictions and lower limb weakness is for them to move around without the need of other people.
The common rehabilitative remedy to achieve the independent mobility goal is the use of ambulatory aids like the rollator.
Researchers Brandt et al. found rollators to be beneficial to users. They also found the rollators to be a relevant societal intervention.Ordinarily, rollators come with four wheels; some though come with three wheels.
Before buying a rollator, these factors have to be considered:
- Strength of the Lower and Upper Extremity
A person with a relatively weak upper limb may use a rollator. Good upper body strength is only essential for standard walkers – those without wheels – as these devices need to be lifted in between steps.In order to move forward, a rollator only needs a little push. There is, therefore, no need to lift the equipment. A good hand is, however, needed for the user to control the brake application.
- Check the Energy Level
If the patient has the tendency to easily get tired, then the rollator is the suitable mobility solution. Most 4wheel rollators come with a seat, a convenient feature for users to rest whenever or wherever they want. Less energy is consumed when using the rollator compared to the standard walker. Compared to crutches or quad cane, the rollator is more energy efficient.
When using the rollator, the user walks much faster as no lifting is involved. This ambulatory device is also foldable. It is convenient then to transport and store this equipment.
The rollator is less stable compared to the standard walker. This can also be easily shoved away from the owner. It is likewise not safe to use the rollator when going up or going down the stairs.