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Knee Walker Review: Roscoe Knee Scooter

Posted by Tom Schwab

Roscoe Knee WalkerThe Roscoe Knee Scooter was the first model with a drum brake on the rear wheels.  Easy to operate and not requiring much grip strength, the operator can come to a  controlled stop.  Once the parking break is set the unit is stable allowing the user to remove both hands form the handlebars.  This is especially helpful while fixing meals in the kitchen or in the bathroom getting ready for the day.

The Roscoe meets all the requirements in What to Look for in a Knee Scooter, but it is not perfect.  Here is The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Topics: Product Reviews, Knee Walker

5 Questions about a Knee Walker Central to your Recovery

Posted by Tom Schwab

5 Questions about a Knee Walker Central to your RecoveryThere is never a good time to be recovering on one foot after a surgery or injury.  You've quickly found that crutches don't fit your needs.  They are often more painful and limiting that the initial surgery.  With them you loose the use of both your hands as you try to balance on one foot.

Someone might have mentioned a knee scooter (also known as a knee walker or roll-about) as a modern option to crutches.  They've provided relief for millions of people, just ensure you ask the right questions to make sure you get relief, not more struggles.

This is a medical device that you will rely upon for your safe recovery.  Make sure the device is not a disposable toy but a device registered with the FDA as required by law and your insurance company.

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Topics: Knee Walker

Be a Kid Again: Ditch the crutches get a Knee Scooter!

Posted by Brooke Williams

be a kids agian on crutches and a knee scooter walkerThe years pass and suddenly you are looking over your children wondering when you became the adult.  Kids have such a carefree way of living and as an adult, it’s hard to get back to that type of world.  If you sustain some sort of injury, you might feel like you are even farther away from a child’s life, but that’s where you’re wrong.  Try the Knee Scooter and you can be a kid again!  Here’s how.


Take Advantage of the Basket

Take a look at your child’s bike.  Does it have a basket on the front?  So do the Knee Scooters!  You can put your keys, water, or anything else in that basket.  Or, be more like a kid and keep baseball cards and bouncy balls in there instead.  The only thing missing from your Knee Scooter is a bell to go with the basket.  Why not add that as well, just for fun!


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How Much Does a Knee Walker Cost?

Posted by Tom Schwab

turning-knee-walker_3Injuries and surgeries are prohibitively expensive, especially since insurance rarely covers 100% of the medical costs anymore. While some private insurance companies may cover knee walkers (HCPCs Code E0118) after a foot or ankle injury, Medicare and Medicaid do not. A knee scooter could keep you mobile and even active during your recovery, but the cost is certainly something to bear in mind.

As you search for different options, you must weigh the pros and cons of each solution. Crutches, while the most common choice for staying off your foot while healing, can also cause pain in other areas of the body. Knee scooters are a more costly option, but they do allow for safer healing. If you do choose the knee scooter, don’t sacrifice safety for savings. While you might find one for as little as $100, a good quality unit will cost $350 or more. What do the more expensive scooters have that cheap ones don’t? Here’s a brief list.

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Topics: FAQ, Knee Walker

5 Biggest Problems with Knee Walkers

Posted by Tom Schwab


A leg or foot injury can really slow you down, but that’s not the only problem you’ll face. Crutches, while difficult to use quickly and efficiently, also cause serious pain in your upper body. Your shoulders, wrists, underarms, and even lower back will all suffer after just a short time on crutches. Fortunately, you have other options.

You may be aware of knee scooters, even if you heard a different name. Some call them leg caddies, knee walkers, or roll-abouts. Whatever the name, it’s synonymous with relief. Rolling on a knee scooter is so much easier than using crutches, and the possibilities for keeping your life moving can be exciting. Just remember: Nothing is perfect. While you’ll certainly have the ability to stay more active, you’ll also run into a few snags.

Does Insurance Cover the Knee Walker?

Your first hurdle will be the cost, as it is with any treatment after an injury. Rarely does insurance cover 100% of your recovery, and knee walkers are no exception. You should also be aware that Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover knee scooters under HCPCs Code E0118. Private insurance, however, might just cover the cost. Click here to learn how to find out if your insurance covers your knee scooter.
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