How to use Crutches

How to use Crutches

If you sustain a serious lower limb injury you may be asked by your doctor, surgeon or physiotherapist to use crutches. Using crutches for the first time can be difficult, not just with walking but also getting up from sitting to standing. It is important to know the safest and best way to use your crutches to ensure that you don’t put yourself at risk of further injury and here is how:

Moving from sitting to standing:

  • Sit upright on the edge of the chair

  • Place both crutches in the hand on the same side as the injured side and make a “H” shape with the crutches. Have the opposite hand on the chair

  • Push up with the uninjured leg, the hand on the bed and the hand on the crutches. Once standing steady yourself so you are balanced

  • Bring the crutches to the middle of your body. Swap the hand which is gripping your crutches and slide the arm into the crutch which is on the same side as your injury and bring your crutch by your side to balance

  • Slide the opposite arm in and bring the other crutch by your side