What to Look For in a Knee Scooter
So you’ve finally come to your senses and decided that you want to get a knee scooter instead of a pair of crutches. This is the first step. The next step is learning what to look for in a knee scooter. This one can be a bit trickier, but with the right guide, it should be no problem at all. Let’s take a look at the types of things we’re searching for in a knee scooter.
Perhaps the most important quality for a knee scooter to have is comfort. Altough they may seem like a lot of fun, don’t forget that knee scooters are medical devices. They serve the very specific function of helping you keep weight and stress off of your injured leg. The important thing to look for here is the knee pad. This is the part of the scooter that will actually be making contact with the injured part of your body, so it has to be extra comfortable.
I recommend looking for a knee pas with extra thick, soft rubber. Another thing you should be looking for is a channel in the knee pad. This is a large groove down the middle of the knee pad that not only allows for air circulation, but also makes the knee pad more comfortable. A third factor of the knee pad is contouring. A contoured knee-pad features a concave design that conforms to your knee’s shape. All of these factors are important to consider when looking for a comfortable knee scooter.
Ridability is a key factor to look for in a knee scooter. Not only is the comfort of the scooter itself important, but the comfort of the ride is also important. Picture balancing your knee on a scooter that bounces up and down every time you hit a small bump in the road. That does not sound like fun at all. So how do you fix it?
Find a scooter that offers a smooth ride. Scooter with large wheels are generally better, and a high quality braking mechanism couldn’t hurt either, especially if you don’t want to accidentally fall off the curb. Some scooters are designed for off-roading, and even if you don’t anticipate doing any of that, sometimes it helps to be over prepared. Most of these scooters come with a great warranty, so if you end up not being satisfied with the wheels on one scooter, you can always trade it in and upgrade to another one with larger wheels.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, its time to move onto the extra items that are nice to have. I figured we could start with one of my favorites, the basket. This might seem trivial, but it actually makes a huge difference. It is a great way to compensate for not being able to use both legs. Not only does this help you take the pressure off of your legs, but it helps you take the pressure off your back as well. I would recommend using your recovery time to give your back a break as well. Even though your back is not the main problem, giving it a rest for a few weeks will pay dividends later on, especially if you wear a backpack just about everyday like I do.
Another great bonus feature of the knee scooter is the hand brake. What is usually considered to be a luxury item on a regular scooter, comes standard on this vehicle. A hand brake offers you exceptional control over the movement of the scooter. You can stop almost instantly, giving you the safety and confidence you need.
These great added features really do make all the difference, and they are definitely worth considering if you are looking to buy one of these scooters.
This one should be pretty obvious. Of course we are looking for knee scooters that meet our budget. Sometimes however, you cannot be too picky on price. From what I’ve seen the market for knee scooters is pretty competitive, meaning the scooters that are available are pretty much flat in terms of prices. The prices differ slightly, but this is to accommodate differences in weight capacity, features and overall quality. I would recommend not just going for the cheapest model, but taking some time to figure out which one of these scooters is the best one for you and then consider if it is worth the price.
Overall, this method will make you more satisfied with the scooter you do choose. If you are leaning towards the least expensive options, I would at least recommend checking out the reviews on Amazon. What I found out is that reviews often take price into consideration. If customers pay a low price to get a scooter that has decent quality, they will be happy. If customers pay a very high price and get a scooter of exceptional quality, they will be happy as well. Just make sure you check the feedback before purchasing a scooter for yourself.
Well, there you have it, a guide listing the 4 most important things to look for when buying a knee scooter. Like I have said in previous articles, you cannot control your injury, but what you can do is make the next few weeks of your recovery time both enjoyable and productive. If you follow this criteria, buying a new knee scooter is the best way to ensure that you do just that. I wish you all a quick and easy recovery. I’ll see you next time!