Crutch and Mobility Training

Nancy Muir, a physical therapist, hip dysplasia patient, and Miles4Hips board member shares these videos on basic crutch and mobility training.  Nancy spent the first few years of her career working in hospitals where she trained patients in these skills daily.  But it wasn’t until she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and was a patient that she truly appreciated the challenges of having limited mobility.

These videos provide information about assistive devices and equipment commonly used by adults with hip dysplasia and basic education on safe mobility and self-care.  These videos may be helpful for reviewing skills and may be especially helpful for hip dysplasia patients who are preparing for surgery.

You should practice these strategies with your own therapist to make sure you are safe and comfortable before doing them on your own.  If you do not feel that you can safely perform these activities, talk to your care providers to see if a physical therapist can help you.

Nancy shares the pros and cons of different assistive devices, including walkers and crutches
Nancy shares tips for making sure that your assistive devices are the correct height for you
Nancy shares strategies for walking with underarm crutches
Nancy shares strategies for walking with forearm crutches
Nancy shows how to go up and down stairs safely using one crutch and the railing
Nancy shows how to go up and down stairs safely using two crutches
Nancy shows how to safely go up and down the stairs in sitting
Nancy shares strategies for putting on pants, socks, and shoes after surgery