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Rollators have been used in other Countries and Regions including Europe and Asia for a number of years now. Recently, it has really become popular in the United States. They can be best described as a regular Walker that is taken to the next level. There are 4 tires that replace the two small wheels and two posts of the walker. The handles of a rollator have neat things like caliper brakes. You see these on things like ten speed bicycles. And you just squeeze these hand brakes and it will lock the wheels in place or release them to continue walking forward.
A Rollator also has a large basket for storage purposes and usually contains a canvas seat and back between the handles. You will use this seat to take short breaks whenever you deem it necessary. The storage area of rollators are usually more spacious than the storage basket of the standard walker. They are also collapsible which makes it easy to fold and store at your convenience. Standars walkers are not nearly as compact as this.
There are not many disadvantages to rollators. Mostly advantages !
Rollators tend to bear the user’s weight at the level around the hips. This can take much of the stress off the ankles and knees when you are walking. There is one problem with this though. With the weight bearing you are more limited in ranges of motion over time. A Rollator allows its owner to change direction more conveniently. But unfortunately, it doesn’t always encourage the natural muscle mechanics that you use to walk. This may be an indication that patients facing short term disabilities may be better suitable for crutches or just a standard walker.
And those that have more long term issues might be better off choosing a rollator.
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