I’ve been a user of crutches for nearly two years now. Having received no help or input from my local hospital (no surprise there), I did quite a bit of research to find the best option for me. As with lots of situations, there are things that you just can’t know until you experience them. Life is a learning curve! So I thought it was high time I wrote a review of my Ossenberg crutches!
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With my hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, I knew using crutches wasn’t going to be an easy task. My wrists were the first part of my body that I had significant problems with. With me still holding out hope that I’ll be able to get back to playing my oboe again (at an amateur level, I’ve accepted that I’ll never be able to play professionally). So protecting my wrists was paramount.
Unfortunately, at nearly £200 the SmartCrutch wasn’t a viable option for me. Thankfully these have not come down in price to £98.99. SmartCrutches would’ve taken all weigh off my wrists, but not everyone gets on with them. Because of the Anatomical Soft Grip handles, my next best option were the Ossenberg crutches! When I bought them, these cost £79.99 (much more affordable than £200!) and they’ve now been reduced to £59.95.
So how did I get on with my Ossenberg crutches? Well, they’ve been very good to me. The Anatomical Soft Grip have been really helpful, I don’t think I’d have managed as well as I have without them. They support my hand position, stopping my wrist from hyperextending into a more awkward position that I’d then put my weight through it. I can’t say for certain, but I think the Ossenberg crutches have meant that I’ve done less harm to my wrists than conventional crutches without the special grip would have.
I find the Ossenberg crutches comfortable to use, as long as I’m not experiencing particular problems with my wrists, elbows or shoulders. In these instances, I don’t think I’d be able to use any crutches other than possible SmartCrutches, but even these would be no good when my shoulder(s) are bad.
I didn’t know it at the time, but the Ossenberg crutches are created so that they aren’t noisy. Most crutches are audible when you walk. Crutches are adjustable, but if the two metal pieces don’t fit together snugly or the clips don’t fit the holes tightly, this can cause movement. The result of this is a clicking sound when the crutches touch the floor. I really like that the Ossenberg crutches are quite, it draws less attention to me and also isn’t irritating!
The Ossenberg crutches are made of ‘high quality’ aluminium and can be used by people who weigh up to 150kg (about 23 stone 7lb). There are fourteen height settings on the lower part of the crutches. below the hand grip. Above the hand grip and below the cuff, there are three height settings. This gives lots of scope to make the Ossenberg crutches the right height for you, anywhere between 73cm to 103cm.
The only thing I don’t like about the Ossenberg crutches are the reflectors on the front and back. While most of the time these aren’t a problem as I can’t see them, I need to be very careful when around reflective surfaces such as mirrors. The reflectors are problematic for me because of my photosensitivity.
Before I got my wheelchair, going into a public toilet would be problematic because the mirrors would catch the reflectors and light would bounce between the two, and unfortunately my eyes. This is less of a problem now that I need my wheelchair to go out, but I still need to be careful at my parents-in-law as they have a big mirror in their hallway. I’ve debated taking the reflectors off my Ossenberg crutches, I’m yet to find something to take their place.
Unfortunately, the reflectors haven’t stood the test of time too well. One of them has broken. This is a minor annoyance, as the chip in the side of the reflector doesn’t show badly.
While I chose the Ossenberg crutches based on their functionality, the option to choose a colour was an added bonus. I went for black, because it goes with everything but there are 9 different colour options on Amazon. It’s great that companies are starting to consider visual appeal, as well as functionality.
Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the VAT relief available on Ossenburg crutches – another things that I’ve learnt along the way!
The Ossenberg Textured Black Pair of Anatomic Soft Grip Closed Cuff Forearm Crutches can be purchased on Amazon for £59.95 and £34.95 for a Single Ossenberg Anatomic Soft Grip Closed Cuff Forearm Crutch (left or right). If closed cuff crutches aren’t for you, Ossenberg also have a selection of open cuffed crutches.
Have you tried Ossenberg crutches? What’s important to you when choosing a walking aid?
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