The TLC® can prevent secondary injuries
Why Recommend The Turning Leg Caddy® to Your Patients and Clients?
The Turning Leg Caddy® prevents secondary injuries associated with crutches or other, non-turning knee walkers such as:
1. Nervous System damage from the common crutch.
Traditional crutches, due to their inflexibility in both the footing and structural absorbence, cause constant rubbing to vital nerves that innervate the arm. Due to the fact that no weight is placed on these areas, the Turning Leg Caddy® reduces the wear on these nerves and on the patient’s skin.
Nerve damage the Turning Leg Caddy® prevents includes: Brachial Plexus, Mononeuropathy (Caused by prolonged pressure on a nerve that runs close to the surface of the body area such as shoulder, wrist, or elbow), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (and the weakening and/or atrophy of the muscles in the hand).
2. Musculoskeletal Disease such as:
- Tendonitis: The inflammation of a tendon.
- Bursitis: Inflammation of a bursa. Bursas are located at sites of friction, especially where tendons or muscles pass over bone. A bursa usually contains little fluid but if injured it becomes inflamed and may fill with fluid.
3. Circulatory Disease.
The friction from a traditional crutch causes damage with its inflexibility and inability to absorb shock. Constant rubbing and pressure against major veins and arteries from the crutch could cause several injuries that may lead to severe circulatory diseases such as:
- Thrombosis: Deep vein thrombosis causes blood clots. Factors that cause vein thrombosis would be from injury to the lining of the vein.
- Superficial Phlebitis: The inflammation and clotting in a superficial vein. Even a slight injury to a vein can cause inflammation.
4. Lymphatic Disease.
Traditional crutches have also been known to damage the lymphatic system. The most common form of lymphatic disease, which results from traditional crutch use, is Lymphedema.
Lymphedema is characterized by swelling caused by interference with the normal drainage of lymph back into the blood. In this condition, inertial fluids accumulate and the limb gradually becomes swollen. The condition may become permanent.
5. The Turning Leg Caddy® also prevents superficial diseases such as:
- Subcutaneous Hematomas- Bruising to the axilliary portion of the arm.
- Callusing- Hardening of skin due to constant friction.
- Skin Irritation- Discoloring and pain to skin where constant rubbing occurs.
The Turning Leg Caddy® additionally improves cardiovascular fitness as recovering patients can remain active during recovery and can be used as a physical therapy aid during recovery from foot and/or ankle injury or illness.
The medical benefits to patients of the Turning Leg Caddy® include:
- improved mobility
- improved motor function
- improved prospects for coping and well-being
- reduction in muscle atrophy & muscle strength
- potential for decrease in loss of bone density
- potential for shortened rehabilitation time
- improved ability to exercise
- improved personal safety improved self-esteem through management of daily affairs