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QOD 5: Type of Crutches Necessary for a Paraplegic (Musculoskeletal/Basic Care and Comfort)

Question:

A child was injured in an accident and has become a paraplegic. The child must use crutches on a permanent basis, most likely for the rest of his life. Which type of crutches would most commonly be used in this situation?

Answer: 

B.  Forearm crutches

Rationale: 

Crutches are used as methods of support for children or adults who cannot bear weight on their legs, such as after an injury. There are various types of crutches available, which are utilized depending on their need. Forearm crutches have a cuff that encircles the lower arm. These types of crutches tend to be used for long-term use, such as with braces when a child suffers paralysis, instead of axillary crutches, which are for short-term use.

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