How to Reduce Arm Pain While Using Crutches


Oct 1, 2012
Crutches are prescribed by doctors for people who have temporary injuries due to either an accident or surgery. These devices are easy to use and help people move around their home. Everyone can learn to use crutches quickly, but might have difficulty while navigating stairs. However, crutch users face many difficulties in the form of frequent arm and underarm pain due to uncomfortable crutch pads. Many crutch users are unsure of the impacts of low quality crutches or improper crutch usage. Expert orthopedics report of high pressure crutches causing crutch paralysis which occurs as a result of damaged brachial plexus nerves in the underarm. Sometimes crutch users can reduce the pain by using their crutches properly, but often cases call for additional crutch accessories such as grip pads and underarm pads to assist in considerable reduction of arm pain. Here are some effective ways to help you reduce the severe pain of crutches: Adjust your crutches: When you purchase a new crutch, first place the crutch pad in the underarm and check whether you can fit two fingers easily. If the pad presses into the underarm then shorten its length by adjusting the pin system. You should also be aware of the fact that a short crutch can cause back pain and a long crutch can cause underarm pain. You should adjust the crutch properly. Don’t press your underarms: Always use your hands to press the hand grip during movements and don’t try to use the underarms. In most cases, people use the underarms to lift the weight of the whole body which causes severe pain and nerve damages. Be sure to distribute the weight equally while using the crutch. Make use of crutch caps: Usually, crutch pads are made up of rubber which can be uncomfortable to the underarm. Use an additional accessory such as crutch caps which are designed using high density contoured foams and fabric covers. The crutch caps are manufactured to be similar to cushions for crutches. These caps offer comfort and pain-free mobility for the crutch users. They are available in a wide range of vivid colors and designs. Install grip pads: If you are unable to use the rubber grip pads, then install cushion grip pads. This additional accessory can be installed within a minute over the rubber grip pad. They offer comfort while pressing the hands and reduce the arm pain considerably. Take rest frequently: When you are unable to walk using crutches, don’t force the body to walk. Take a short rest and start your walking process again. This helps to avoid unnecessary damages to the arms and nerves. These safety measures can help reduce the arm and underarm pain efficiently. Modern crutch accessories like grip pads and underarm pads have reduced the arm and underarm pain considerably among crutch users. The author is an expert in the crutch arena and has written many articles regarding crutch pads in the past. Share Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share via MySpace Share on Orkut share via Reddit Share on identica Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Print for later Bookmark in Browser