Although new technology has drastically increased the value and benefits of walkers and rollators compared to other ambulatory medical devices, the survey indicates the public is very ill-informed on the product.
Philadelphia PA (PRWEB) January 11, 2012
The survey was conducted by a local marketing consultant hired by Bright Medical to perform market research. Survey participants were both male and female, ages 50-60. The study ultimately revealed that 80 percent of all respondents were not aware of the different categories of walkers and the benefits provided by each product category. Only 30 percent of respondents were familiar with the term “rollator.” A rollator is a medical device with wheels that is used as an aid for walking and sitting.
Walkers are commonly the preferred mobility aids for sprained ankles, foot fractures, and after knee replacements. Unlike crutches, which can cause unnecessary stress to the upper body, a modern walker can be adjusted to a comfortable height and require a slight bending of the arms to promote proper blood circulation. Crutches are often more cumbersome and less easily maneuvered than a rolling walker.
In response to the results of the survey, Bright Medical turned to social media such as Facebook, Twitter and the company blog, to explore and discuss product categories, the uses of each, benefits and other walker-related issues. According to a recent Bright Medical blog entry, a walker allows a patient to move more easily, complete daily tasks and travel.
The blog also discusses the difference between a standard walker and a rolling walker. A rolling walker, or rollator, is ideal for a patient with limited upper body strength. Rolling walkers are available with two, three, or four wheels. A knee walker is another option, allowing the user to minimize pressure on knee joints.
After completing the survey, one respondent, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented, “I no longer have parents to worry about, but I’m starting to realize I should know this type of stuff for my own future. I didn’t know there were so many different walkers. I guess I am getting up there in years and should start researching this stuff.”
A rolling walker is ideal for a patient with limited upper body strength. Rolling walkers are available with two, three or four wheels. A knee walker is another option, allowing the user to minimize pressure on knee joints. Bariatric walkers, designed for larger users, are more stable and durable. Lightweight walkers tout a more narrow width than most walkers, and are ideal for easy storage and indoor use . Most walkers and rollators are adjustable to offer the user the maximum amount of comfort. Walker accessories are also available to increase convenience. Bright Medical’s blog also discusses how to maximize the benefits of a walker in every day life.
Although new technology has drastically increased the value and benefits of walkers and rollators compared to other ambulatory medical devices, the survey indicates the public is very ill-informed on the product. As medical research continues to advance the properties of walkers, Bright Medical will continue to educate the public on the many benefits of walkers, rollators and other medical equipment.
The independent survey focusing on public knowledge of walkers and rollators was done on a small-scale utilizing interview techniques. The survey method used was a common systematic sample. Bright Medical hopes other entities will join in the effort to explore the issue further as the importance of walkers continues to grow in tandem with medical advances.
About Bright Medical
Bright Medical is a leading online medical supply marketplace that carries the best brand name products at the best prices. Popular categories include Bathroom Safety/Assists, Incontinence Care, Respiratory Products, Hospital Beds and Accessories, Orthopedic Supplies , Walkers, Scooters and Wheelchairs. Most Bright Medical orders are shipped within one business day and are carefully monitored until delivery. Bright Medical incorporates a unique business model in order to ensure the highest quality at the lowest prices. To learn more, please visit http://www.BrightMedical.com.