Knee scooters are becoming a very popular alternative for users with a lower leg injury. The days when crutches were the go-to option after surgery or an ankle, leg or foot injury are in the past. A great alternative to crutches, knee walkers, also called knee scooters or knee cruisers, are mobility aids that promote independence and healing.
Users can zip around from place to place, and limited upper body strength is needed.
Kids and small adults have had trouble finding knee walkers that fit their height, but this has since changed. Manufacturers are now offering options that allow smaller individuals to use knee walkers.
These options can accommodate users as small as 3’9″, so there are ample options for kids or small adults to use a knee walker.
A few of the many benefits to using a knee walker are:
- Limited strain on the back
- Fatigue is much less than on crutches
- Arm pain and under-armpit pains are eliminated
- Healthy, strong feet are used to propel forward
- Handlebars allow for easy steering and more mobility
- Turning and agility are promoted
Injured limbs are kept on the knee pad, allowing for maximum comfort and no risk of weight-bearing impact. Easy-to-transport, these mobility aids can be folded up for easy carry. You’ll also find that the handles often fold down and a basket is included.
Independence is promoted thanks to the knee walker, and the common three-wheel design offers superb navigation.
Supportive and comfortable, the handles allow for added stability while the weight-bearing leg also adds additional support. Since weight is kept off of the foot, ankle and knee joint, you’ll be able to heal faster while maintaining hip and quadricep strength in the injured knee.
Highly adjustable, the knee platforms often rise and lower for proper alignment.
Handlebars will also adjust, allowing for a person to remain upright and promoting good posture. Handles that are too low can cause a person to slouch, leading to increased back pain.
Specially designed knee walkers that are geared towards kids and small adults are the go-to option.
And there are two main models that are recommended by doctors and physical therapists.
Small Petite Adult KneeRover Jr. Review
KneeRover offers a small petite knee scooter that is perfect for smaller adults and kids. Ideal for anyone that has just had surgery or suffered an injury to their ankle, foot or leg, the KneeRover Junior is an all-terrain knee walker that offers versatility and comfort over crutches.
The scooter features:
- Front basket
- 9-inch tires
- Tie-road steering
- Adjustable knee platform
- Adjustable handles
- Stabilizer training wheel
- 250-pound weight capacity
- Height recommendation of 4’3″ – 5’9″
Designed for users 4’3″ – 5’9″ in height, the KneeRover Jr. is able to hold users up to 250 pounds and offers a stabilizer wheel for better control. The entire unit is adjustable, including the knee platform and the handles.
You’ll be able to adjust the knee walker to your height for comfort and to make your way over any terrain.
Versatile, the 9-inch wheels are large enough that they’ll have an easy time making it over:
And of course, you’ll be able to go over any indoor surfaces with ease.
Carrying items is difficult when you have two hands on the handles, so a basket has been added to the front of the knee walker for easy, on-the-go storage. The basket is detachable, and when you need to transport the knee walker, it will fold up neatly and fit in the trunk of a car.
It’s the ideal solution for anyone that’s been injured or has had surgery and needs to keep weight off of their leg.
The overall length of the unit is 29,” and handlebar height can be adjusted between 32″ and 38.” Rear brakes are available to keep the knee walker in place. There are also hand brakes to keep the unit stationary when needed.
KneeRover Kids and Small Adult Knee Walker Review
KneeRover also offers a pediatric knee walker that is more stable and has four wheels. The walker is an alternative to crutches, and at the time is was designed, it was the world’s first pediatric knee walker.
Excellent mobility and steering make this knee walker a great fit for kids as well as smaller adults.
And it features:
- Front basket
- Four-wheel design
- Adjustable brakes
- 3-inch thick knee platform
- Ergonomic hand grips
- 160-pound weight capacity
- Adjustable handlebar (26.5″ – 36″)
- Knee support height of 13.5″ – 17.5″
Perfect for users that are 3’9″ – 5’6″ in height, this knee scooter has it all.
Weighing 18.2 pounds, the KneeRover is able to accommodate users up to 160 pounds and has a handlebar height range of 26.5″ – 36.” The front basket has a 9″ x 7″ x 6.5″ dimension and is also removable. You can store all of your items, from groceries to toys inside of the basket.
When the knee walker is not in use or needs to be transported, it can be folded up to 14″ in height. The handles fold down and the knee pad comes off to make the scooter as compact as possible.
Rear disc brakes and a handbrake allow the user to quickly stop the walker from moving if needed.
Rubber, contoured handles make grasping the handlebar easy. There is also 3-inch thick padding on the knee pad to allow for maximum comfort when in use.
Tim is a professional caregiver who has helped hundreds of seniors gain back their freedom and independence. He has been actively helping the senior community for 20+ years.