Using Crutches On the Stairs

Using Crutches On the Stairs – In this vides Cindy, PT with Adaptive Equipment Corner demonstrates how to use crutches up and down stairs when the person is non weight bearing.  Remember, it is important to go slowly and use caution when going up and down stairs. This is especially important when you could have balance difficulties due to having a non weight bearing or limited weight bearing status.

Going up the stairs with crutches without a hand rail

Non weight bearing
  1. Approach the stairs
  2. Bend the knee on the injured leg
  3. Hold injured foot up in order to clear the steps
  4. Put weight through your hands onto the crutches
  5. Step up with your good leg to the first step
  6. Now bring up your crutches
Limited weight bearing
  1. You will still need bear weight through your hands on the crutches
  2. Use limited weight on the injured leg
  3. Step up with the good leg
  4. Bring the crutches up to the step you’re on
  5. Bring up the injured leg

Going down the stairs with crutches without a hand rail

Non weight bearing
  1. Hold your injured leg up and forward in order to clear the step
  2. Put the crutches down on the first step
  3. Put weight through the crutch handles
  4. As you step down with the good leg
Limited weight bearing
  1. Put your crutches down on the step
  2. Bear weight on the crutches
  3. As you step down with the injured leg
  4. Next bring your good leg down

Going Up the Stairs with Crutches with a hand rail

Non weight bearing
  1. Place the crutches in your hand that is on the opposite side of the hand rail
  2. Bend the knee on the injured leg
  3. Hold your injured foot up in order to clear the steps
  4. Put weight through your hand that is holding the crutch handles
  5. Put equal amount of weight through your hand that is holding the hand rail
  6. Step up with your good leg
  7. Bring the crutches up to the step you’re on
Limited weight bearing
  1. Put weight through your hand that is holding the crutch handles
  2. Put equal amount of weight through your hand that is holding the hand rail
  3. Use limited weight on your injured leg
  4. Step up with the good leg
  5. Bring the crutches up to the step you’re on
  6. Bring up the injured leg

Going down stairs with crutches with a hand rail

Non weight bearing
  1. Place the crutches in your hand that is on the opposite side of the hand rail
  2. Hold your injured leg up and forward to clear the step
  3. Balance on your good leg while using the hand rail
  4. Place your crutches down on the step
  5. Put weight through your hand on the crutch handles
  6. Put an equal amount of weight through your hand on the hand rail
  7. Bring your good leg down to the step
Limited weight bearing
  1. Place your crutches down on the step
  2. Allow only limited weight on your good leg
  3. Put weight through your hand on the crutch handles
  4. Put equal amount of weight through your hand that’s on the on the rail
  5. Step down with your injured leg
  6. Bring your good leg down

Please talk with your local Physical Therapist if you have more questions 

To purchase crutches like the ones used in this video:
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See the other videos for more instruction on the use of crutches:

How to Adjust Crutches
https://youtu.be/nKffM1HqJ08

How to Walk with Crutches
https://youtu.be/xz0eGJF6kh4

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Using Crutches On the Stairs

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