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Gutter Crutches: An Unconventional Walking Aid for Incomplete Tetraplegics – A Case Report

T Senthilvelkumar, Raji Thomas

Citation Information : Senthilvelkumar T, Thomas R. Gutter Crutches: An Unconventional Walking Aid for Incomplete Tetraplegics – A Case Report. Indian J Phy Med Rehab 2013; 24 (3):76-79.

DOI: 10.5005/ijopmr-24-3-76

Published Online: 01-09-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).


The goal of the therapists and patient while selecting an ambulatory aid is to maximise walking ability, manoeuverability and independence, while maintaining safety and stability. Unlike elbow crutches or walker, gutter crutches are not a familiar and well established walking aid in the rehabilitation of persons with incomplete spinal cord injury. In this case report we highlight enhanced ambulation achieved by a 53-year-old man with chronic, incomplete tetraplegia with the use of gutter crutches.

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