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1 or 2 elbow crutches

Steph F
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I have a client who normally uses 2 elbow crutches but has now developed numbing sensation on thumb on right hand. GP concerned it could be due to use of crutches.
He has a PIP medical on Monday and is unsure if he should use 1 or both elbow crutches as he fears mobility component could be removed if he uses only 1

any caselaw etc

Elliot Kent
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The question for PIP is how far he can walk aided. It shouldn’t make any difference whether his mobility is aided with 1 crutch or 2.

Obviously its possible that the PIP assessor may try to argue that going from 2 crutches to 1 is evidence of improvement or some such.

Steph F
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yes, that was my fear.. Thanks

Geri-G
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Use 2. A relative of mine has just been for an assessment and used 2. Also explained that due to neuropathy in hands, has difficulty using crutches. Noted down by assessor.