Doctor and Physicians Testimonials for the iWALK2.0 Hands Free Crutch
Doctors not only recommend the iWALK2.0, they use it too! Then they tell us about it. See what they have to say:
Doctor’s Orders – Dr. Jim Sears
“At first I was skeptical”
I have to admit, when I first learned about the iWALK crutch I was skeptical. It seemed like a good idea, but would it be difficult to learn? Was it safe? Would it hurt your knee or shin? I try to be open minded, but my profession dictates that I exercise caution, especially when it involves new technology.
When I tried the device for the first time, my eyes were opened immediately. When I was putting it on I was a little scared. I was told to not overthink it and just walk, and I did, and the learning curve was literally a matter of seconds, which was a big surprise. I found that none of my initial concerns were valid – the device was comfortable, stable and very easy to learn. I couldn’t believe how easy and intuitive it was.
Originally, I expected to fall at least once, but after only a few steps into it I felt totally stable. I couldn’t believe how stable it felt and I remember thinking, “Man, this is great!”
It felt like an extension of my own leg. It also made me want to be a pirate.
It took me about five steps before I was totally confident walking on it. While I was cognizant that I had a device strapped to my leg, and I was walking on a prosthetic, it felt oddly natural and intuitive. In a couple of minutes, I was fully proficient.
Crutches are hated by everyone, and with good reason. They hurt, they’re inconvenient and they deprive the user of a normal lifestyle because their hands and arms are unavailable for routine tasks of everyday living. Knee scooters, now becoming more popular, are similarly limiting. But the iWALK crutch eliminates the pain and brings back the use of your hands and arms, so the user can get back to their normal routine immediately. The physical and mental well-being benefits are obvious.
The iWALK crutch works. It’s simple, inexpensive and effective, and a massive improvement over conventional crutches. For any of my patients that suffer a lower leg injury, I recommend the iWALK instead of crutches or scooters.
For my patients, iWALK crutch gives them a more natural mobility solution, it mimics their natural movement more than crutches or scooters, and keeps their hands and arms free to do their day to day stuff. Anybody that tries this will prefer it.
For any physicians that are skeptical, I would say try it out for yourself, like I did, and you’ll be convinced just like I was.
-Dr. Jim Sears
I highly recommend it!- Dr. JD Fitz
“I very much appreciate having full use of both of my hands.”
I took the bus today and walked half a mile to the busstop and to to office from the bus! It’s great to have my hands available to carry stuff! Went to San Diego and did the whole trip with my iWALK through airports and hotels. Many people stopped me for comment and some even took pictures! I felt like a celebrity.
-Dr. JD Fitz
What does an orthopedic surgeon recommend…for himself?- Clark Jernigan, MD
“I want other surgeons to know about it”
Dr. William “Clark” Jernigan is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon from Greenville, SC. with 29 years of experience.
“I’m a 58 year old orthopedic surgeon. I recently sustained a plafond fracture which required surgery. I got your device today and after a very few minutes I love it! This device is going to enable me to operate again three weeks sooner than would have been the case without it.
Thank you to the inventor. I love engineering excellence and this product exudes excellence. I want other surgeons to know about it. If you want a testimonial I’ll be glad to give you one.”
Thanks, Clark…you just did!
-Clark Jernigan, MD
Why hasn’t this been done before?
– Dr. Elmo Agatep
“The iWALK2.0 is very effective, and is a big step forward in how you can help your patients.”
Dr. Elmo Agatep watched his patient with interest. Suffering from a broken foot, she left the clinic a week ago on conventional crutches. Now she was navigating his office with ease on the iWALK2.0. Dr. Agatep was understandably intrigued as he, like most medical professionals, had never seen this device before.
Dr. Agatep, MD has been practicing medicine in Southern California for the last ten years. He is board certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Family Medicine and General Practice. He has been in private practice and currently serves his patients in clinical practice in Seal Beach, California. He serves on staff at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital, Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center among others. Dr. Agatep is also the Orthopedic for team USA womens’ volleyball team. Dr. Agatep recognized the benefits of the device, not only for his elite athletes, but for all of his patients. Eager to learn more, Dr. Agatep took a novel approach to discovery – he committed to wear the device for an entire day. Having lived with the device, he became a strong advocate. We recently spoke to Dr. Agatep about his experiences with iWALK2.0.
iWALKFree – How long have you been practicing as an orthopedic?
Dr. Agatep: I’ve been in practice for over 8 years. I’ve been in private practice, hospitals and clinics. I’m also a team doctor for the USA women’s volleyball team.
iWALK: How did you first learn about the iWALK2.0?
Dr. Agatep: It literally walked into my clinic. A patient of mine, who I treated using conventional crutches, returned to my clinic on the iWALK2.0. I was quite impressed on first sight, especially with her mobility and stability. The effectiveness of the device was evident immediately.
iWALK: Had you not seen it in use, what would your reaction be if your patient asked you about the device? Let’s say they brought a brochure, or showed you our website, or brought you the device but they were not using it?
Dr. Agatep: Had I not seen it being used, I would have had some reservations about stability or biomechanics. I would have also had concerns about balance and mobility – how mobile could the patient actually be on it. Initially, I would be concerned about the patient’s safety – Is it stable? Will they fall on it? But having seen it in use, it looks quite natural – unexpectedly so. My concerns were erased by watching her use it, and my next impression was, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?”
iWALK: What happened next?
Dr. Agatep: My next reaction was one of curiosity. I wanted to prove to myself that it would work for my patients. I figured it would become a big part of my practice, because it could treat my patient’s conditions while allowing them to maintain mobility and a normal lifestyle. So to prove that it worked, I used it myself – for two days.
Initially I adjusted it incorrectly, and it was fatiguing, but within an hour I readjusted it and the efficiency went up considerably. There was an artificial feeling to it, but it was not a problem, and I could move around freely. No, it doesn’t replace your limb, for sure, but it comes close to it.
iWALK: Compare your initial expectations with your actual experience.
Dr. Agatep: Initial expectation was that it would be uncomfortable, especially where your knee sits on it and where the straps contact your thigh, and that it would take a long time to get used to it. Even so, I still thought that it would be very effective for my patients that have off-loading injuries. So after trying it, I found that when fitted correctly, it was quite comfortable, and balance was intuitive. It was amazing, actually, how comfortable it was the longer I used it. It disappeared underneath me. It was surprising how fast I could resume normal activities when using it. I quickly adapted to day to day things without thinking about it.
iWALK: First off, thanks for making iWALK2.0 a regular part of your practice. What have you encountered in prescribing it to your patients?
Dr. Agatep: I found it to be very safe. Patients that I’ve prescribed it to have been successful. The follow up comments have all been favorable, and “Why hasn’t this been done before?” is their common response. The key thing that really makes people happy is the freedom they get from the device. Part of it is the freedom, they remain active, they are able to function, and also, it’s the amount of relief they get from the pain of the injured limb. They can focus with getting on with their daily living without focusing on the injured limb.
iWALK: What about clinical benefits?
Dr. Agatep: My observation is that muscle atrophy in patients is minimal and seems to be limited to the calf, as it’s not truly engaged. The quads and other muscles are forced to work, so atrophy is reduced. Post use of the device, they don’t need to do as much work to get back to where they were, that’s part of the beauty of the device.
iWALK: Now that you’re using iWALK2.0, how does it compare to before you prescribed it?
Dr. Agatep: In side by side comparison, I’ve seen a lot more atrophy of the quad in users of crutches and knee scooters because you’re not using them, unlike with the iWALK, where you are, constantly. Another benefit that you get with the iWALK crutch, and anecdotally that I get is from my patients is that their core muscles are engaged and have less atrophy. That’s another unexpected secondary benefit.
I definitely see a psychological benefit – less depression because the patients don’t feel so helpless. They can go to work and many still pursue their hobbies and even sports.
iWALK: The psychological benefits are that noticeable?
Dr. Agatep: It’s a novel device because it doesn’t have the stigma of crutches. People that see my patients using the iWALK2.0 get excited, unlike crutches, where their reaction is sympathy, so the pity component of seeing someone with crutches is gone. The negative social stigma of being disabled is replaced with a positive, excited reaction from onlookers. This makes the patient feel empowered, not disabled. It’s an empowering feeling that you’re not disabled. This is especially important for rehab, and we all know that the positive psychological condition and attitude of the patient is very important for rehab.
iWALK: What if we told you that you couldn’t use the iWALK2.0 in your practice anymore?
Dr. Agatep: I’d be mad! ..and quite disappointed. In the patients that I’ve used it with, as compared to others with whom I’ve used crutches or knee scooters, the iWALK crutch has made such a marked improvement in their life and resulted in shorter rehab periods. I’ve seen and experienced for myself how effective it is. It’s truly revolutionary, and has made a significant impact in my patients compliance and how quickly they heal.
iWALK: What would you like to say to your fellow physicians who read this?
Dr. Agatep: Medicine is not a stagnant discipline. You have to keep an open mind. That’s how you expand your practice. Had I not seen the iWALK in use, I would have been skeptical, as medicine has a history of trying novel therapies, not all of which are effective. The iWALK2.0 is very effective, and is a big step forward in how you can help your patients. In addition, they will be grateful to you for prescribing it.
-Dr. Elmo Agatep
Life without the iWALK2.0 was miserable
– Dr. Gretchen Lorenz
“As a physician, I’ve never seen a device that does so much for the patient.”
My husband recently suffered a lower leg injury and was facing a long non-weight bearing recovery using crutches and knee scooter. Life without the iWALK2.0 was miserable; we were all in a really bad place. I wanted to cry every day. Then we found the iWALK2.0 and everything changed.
A lot of medical conditions lead to depression, I see this in my practice all the time, and we were gearing up towards this, then he put on his iWALK2.0 and he was back to his old self, enjoying himself, contributing to the family and back to work. He’s able to do pretty much everything except run.
It’s helped my life tremendously – I had to do everything, feed him, feed the kids, tend to his needs as he was physically incapable of doing it himself. It was miserable. I was looking at 12 weeks of this and thinking “I’m not going to survive this”. Then we got the iWALK2.0. From day one he was up doing normal things, helping me cook dinner, going upstairs, putting the kids to bed, things he used to do before. Now, he’s really happy, I’m happy, and everybody in our family is happy. You can hardly tell he’s hurt.
It’s wonderful for the family.
My husband is pretty athletic, so I wanted to try it myself to see how well it worked. It worked fine – I only had it on a couple of minutes and I went around the room, went up and down a few steps, walked on carpet, tile and concrete. It was easy.
I’m most excited about the mood change I saw in him. The boys named him “grumpy” (and they were right). . He went from looking like he was going to be in prison in a wheelchair or crutches, then with the iWALK2.0 he was back to his old self again, happy and content. It was amazing.
He’s back on the playing field with the kids. And we’re going camping this weekend – we’re going to stay in a tent! That would be impossible with crutches or a knee scooter.
As a physician, I’ve never seen a device that does so much for the patient.
-Gretchen Lorenz, MD
The iWALK2.0 is a great device that gave me back my functionality- Dr. Andres M. Perez
“I was back to work just 3 days after my injury… that is incredible!”
As a foot and ankle surgeon I knew what I would be up against after I got injured. I knew it would be hard to get back to the business of seeing patients and with crutches, even worse, get back to the business of performing my surgeries if I couldn’t have my hands free. It only took a moment to realize what I would need to do to keep me active and in business and not compromise my recovery process. The next morning after my injury I saw two options that I knew of that still would not resolve my issues. One was regular crutches and the other was the knee scooter. I thought the knee scooter could help but it still wouldn’t keep my hands free to perform my regular activities and surgeries. I then remembered that I saw this device, the iWALK, at one of my seminars, so I decided to do some research on the internet and call iWALK. I didn’t realize it was so early in the morning on the west coast when I called, since I am on the east coast, so I left a message on the machine. Surprisingly, I received a called back within 5-10 minutes and iWALK was able to answer all of my questions.
I was so anxious to try the iWALK and get it to work for me mainly so I could stay hands free. The truth is I was a sceptic and maybe a little scared at first. Was it really going to be as easy to use? But I pushed myself to be committed to get myself very familiar with the product and I was surprised and impressed at how quick and easy it was to learn. I was back to work and effective at my practice just 3 days after the injury. I was expecting to be out 4-6 weeks; that is incredible!
The iWALK2.0 is a great device that gave me back my functionality even in a scenario that requires that I be sterile, steady, and confident moving around the operating room.
-Dr. Andres M. Perez