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    Rose, I have probably lost height too. I used to be 6'1". I'll have to measure myself sometime. But for now, I'm tall......in my own mind anyway.
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    Tall people have better views.

    I've lost 3.5 inches over time, but I was encouraged to find out that losing height doesn't necessarily mean you have osteoporosis. I do have osteoporosis now but the height loss occurred long before that was a definite dx. I understand it can be due to several other causes.

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    It's gravity, and the fact we stand erect. Over time, our spines compress, and we get shorter. I'll bet those inversion devices where you hang upside down, really help.
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    I would be more than happy to test it for awhile!
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    wow Ann,, this looks so cool,, at first I thought it was like my "Up Walker",, but its totally different,, good find,,,, hope it helps,, looks like it will
    Peg, who have thought a day would come when we were excited about getting walkers!
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    Have you tried it yet, ANN? I'd like to know your opinion. Does it seem heavy? Does it really do curbs?

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    Mine is the original U-Step, not the U-Step 2. It does not do curbs and I do find it heavy to get it in and out the back door. I plan to take a walk w Peter today. I may ask my PT about prescribing a new U-Step for walking alone in open spaces and give this to The Boston Home, a residence in Boston for people with MS and other neurological diseases.

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    Peter and went for a walk to the arboretum with the U Step. I want to emphasize that it is the original U Step and not the model in the video above.

    The positives:
    On smooth surfaces it felt safe and I could just glide and circle and kinda dance with it. :-)
    I figured out how to fold it (different than the video one)

    It has a bar between the hand brakes. If you get tired of squeezing the brakes, you switch to the bar and use downward pressure to make it go. This bar is included with the U Step 2 (uninstalled) but rarely used according to their literature. I used it a lot.

    The negatives:
    It did not run well on nearly flat doormats. Seems to want flat, smooth surface.
    Outside, it did poorly on the slightest change in elevation.
    It has casters not the better Wheels of the U Step 2 and it does not have the foot control to go up and down curbs. We had to lift it.
    All of the vibration of going over aged pavement was transferred to my hands, neck and back. It needs shock absorbers.

    I see all of these problems have been addressed in the new version except the shock absorbers which I will call about.

    It turns out that the Original is not going to be very useful to me but might be to someone who lives in a building with only smooth floors.
    :-(
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    Or if you are walking large indoor spaces like a mall, or huge store...
    Thanks for the review though!

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    I think they don’t make this model anymore.
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