Hope Crutch Overview

The axillary crutch hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. The most significant change for the patient was the addition of the rubber tip with the development of tires for the auto industry. Today crutch users still struggle with every step to keep axillary crutches from slipping out. More than half of the thousands of users surveyed say they have fallen or put weight on an injured foot or leg.

ORTHOPEDICS

Years of study, analysis and working with amputees, university and professional athletes have led to the innovation of stabilizing the top of the crutch behind the user and providing three points of body contact with each crutch – behind the shoulder, forearm, and hand. These features make non weight bearing use more stable and much safer, discouraging walking on the injured limb and preventing falls/re-injuries. In addition, the design is much easier to use and eliminates underarm irritation.

CARDIO

The Hope Crutch is the only crutch which does not significantly contact the vein, valves, and nerves of the upper body.

Axillary crutches are dangerous because they compress and damage veins, which can lead to blood pressure, valve, and other heart related problems. Medical professionals caution that axillary crutches as well as other crutch designs are hazardous because of their contact with axillary and basilic veins and valves.

Improper use of axillary crutches can result in a sevenfold increase in force on the veins and valves. Axillary crutches slip out, causing the user to slouch down against the underarm pad and operate the crutches from their armpits, causing vein/valve compression and damage.

Some cardiologists have suggested the damaged veins and valves caused by axillary crutches have a cumulative effect similar to the way increased smoking shortens life expectancy. Axillary crutches cause many future medical problems.

The vertical movement required in axillary crutch use is similar to performing an upper body pushup with every step, and can use more metabolic energy than running, based upon a person’s weight. The arm muscles are not functionally designed for supporting body weight. The Hope Crutch, with its longer lever, is much smoother – no arm pushup – and more energy efficient, allowing the user to ambulate in much less tiring fashion.

COST SAVINGS TO PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE

Axillary crutch use creates musculoskeletal stress and micro-trauma to joints and tissues, resulting in wrist tendonitis, elbow epicondylitis, rotator cuff tears, shoulder, and spine injuries. Each year insurance providers pay an estimated average of $340 per non weight bearing (NWB) crutch user in CPTs (Current Procedural Treatments) to treat muscle, joint and tissue problems caused by the medieval design of the axillary crutch.

The Hope Crutch is great news for the healthcare industry because it eliminates the causes of these problems. It eliminates wrist tendonitis (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) through the use of an ergonomic handle. The design of the Hope Crutch also easily enables users to keep their arms straight, reducing stress and minimizing inflammation and injuries to the elbow tendons, shoulder and spine.

These improvements result in a savings of $290 per patient meaning a savings of $29,000 to the Healthcare provider for every 100 pair of Hope Crutches. You can easily track or validate the cost savings by comparing 100 patients using axillary crutches to 100 patients using the Hope Crutch (See Feedback Survey). The cost savings to patients not having to make trips to physical therapy or miss work is considerably more.

Many people who cannot use axillary crutches can use the Hope Crutch instead of a wheelchair. The cost to healthcare providers is just $50 more than they pay for axillary crutches, which don’t have an ergonomic handle, and the new version of Hope Crutch is designed to support a 350 lb person.

PREVENTS INJURIES AND SPEEDS RECOVERY

The Hope Crutch with its straight arm three point stabilization contact, along with ergonomic handle eliminates injuries caused by muscle, joint and tissue stress. By keeping the arm steady during the swing through movement, balance is improved and body injuries are significantly reduced. The lack of additional muscle stress and soreness means patients can get healthy and recover much faster.

HOPE CRUTCH RECOGNITION & INFORMATION

The Hope Crutch was 1 of just 16 medical Innovation Celebrations Award Winners selected by clinicians to be featured in front of more than 3,500 healthcare providers at Premier’s annual 2014 Breakthroughs Conference in San Antonio. The safety, prevention of future medical problems, and cost savings to patients, Healthcare providers, and insurance companies makes the choice easy.

Listed below are a few of the NCAA and Professional teams that use the Hope Crutch.

NCAA

NFL

NBA

Duke University

New England Patriots

Chicago Bulls

University of Kentucky

Seattle Seahawks

Cleveland Cavaliers

University of Arizona

Baltimore Ravens

Dallas Mavericks

University of Louisville

Cincinnati Bengals

San Antonio Spurs

University of Texas

New York Giants

Golden State Warriors

Michigan State

Cleveland Browns

Memphis Grizzlies



·We have testimonials from many individuals who gave us feedback on comparing the use of Hope Crutches to axillary crutches during their recovery.

·We can recommend 40 research articles published in peer reviewed medical journals which can help provide insight to the challenging aspects of ambulation (See Studies).

It takes just 10 steps to experience the significant difference the Hope Crutch makes.
Please email us at hopecrutch@att.net if you have any questions.

Sincerely,                                                                                                     
The CareBorne Research Team




Axillary crutches are dangerous because they compress and damage veins and valves, which can lead to blood pressure and other heart related problems.

Improper use of axillary crutches can result in a sevenfold increase in force on the veins. Axillary crutches slip out, causing the user to slouch down against the underarm pad and operate the crutches from their armpits, causing vein compression.

Cardiologists have suggested the damaged veins and valves caused by axillary crutches have a cumulative effect similar to the way increased smoking shortens life expectancy.

The Hope Crutch is the only underarm crutch that does not contact the axillary vein, valves, and nerves under the front of the armpit.

The Hope Crutch Prevents Future Cardiovascular Medical Problems