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Sometimes a Crutch Is Good

By Tom Herrin

There are a lot of expressions that people hear all of the time.  One of the common ones is regarding people using something as a crutch.  This usually means that they are failing to be independent in their actions.  While it is never a good idea to depend on something for no reason, there are times in which some kind of help is needed due to injury or some other kind of temporary situation.  Walking aids can help to support the healing process by keeping some or most of the weight off of their injured body part.

There Are Several to Choose From

Almost everyone has seen some using crutches.  They are really good for helping someone to keep much of their weight off of an injured part and still allow for pretty free movement.  A cane is a device that is widely used.  For years, it seemed to be the standard item for those who were older and had quite a few problems.  Today they are popular as a tool that is easily portable and can be used by many as they recover from injuries as well as a means of steadying those who may experience minor issues with balance.  The third type of walking aid is the walker.  Anyone who watches much television has likely seen ads for various kinds of them.  They are mostly used when people need something pretty substantial that can support much of their weight.  Walkers seem to be used by many people who have lower body injuries, such as knees or hips, that may require more resting.

Crutches Can Provide Good Movement and Rest

When people use crutches, it is important that they fit.  The top of the crutch should be about one or two inches below the armpits.  The hand grips should be at about the same level as the top of the hips.  When people use them, they should be able to support themselves largely with their hands and arms.  Using both crutches together, they should reach with them, and then take the next step with the good foot or leg.  With a little practice, most people are able to get around pretty well with a pair.

Learn How Before Aids Are Needed

If you have some kind of walking aid at your home, it is a good idea to learn how to use them correctly when you are healthy.  If you do this, it will be much easier to get around if you have an injury.  Another thing that can be a part of planning is to do a safety check of your home.  Removing anything that posed a potential hazard for trips or slips can be a family project.  Doing this on a regular basis may make a difference in your home.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in  Tucson, Ariz.

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