Knee walkers are an alternative to crutches that are ideal for people who are experiencing pain or discomfort in one of their lower legs. These devices have four sturdy wheels and can be utilized both indoors and outdoors. To use a knee walker, the individual places their shin on the padded seat and then uses their other leg to propel themselves manually.
Common reasons for using a knee walker include foot or ankle surgery, sprains, breaks, and ulcers. For most users, knee walkers will be both faster and more comfortable than relying on crutches or a cane. Also known as “knee walker scooters” or “rolling knee walkers”, these devices usually have a steerable handle that is similar to a bicycle or manual scooter, as well as a secure hand braking system.
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You need to be able to bend your knee and put weight on it in order to use a knee walker. This makes it a less than ideal option for people recovering from knee surgery. In most cases, crutches or a wheelchair will be a better mobility solution.
The price of a knee walker scooter depends on the make and manufacturer, with most devices costing somewhere between $200 and $350. That being said, bariatric or custom models can cost up to $600 or more.
No, knee walkers are not currently classified as “medically necessary” and therefore are not covered by Medicare Part B. However, certain Medicare Advantage plans have allowances that may provide partial coverage for items like rolling knee walkers. Review the details of your plan to determine if you are covered.