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Include More in Your Preparedness Plan

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people use an organized plan for emergency situations in their homes.  These normally include things such as first aid kits.  There is almost always a time in which they are needed.  They can help to treat wounds, bites, and other types of situations.  Another good thing to have around is some kind walking aid.  This would include some things that may be used to help people to get around at a time in which they need some kind of assistance without risking more injury.  In most cases, it would be for someone who will be recovering from their injuries.

Different Aids Serve Different Purposes

Most people are somewhat familiar with walking aids.  Crutches are probably the best known.  They are most often used when a person needs to isolate an injured part.  This would allow most of the weight to be kept off of it for a period of time.  

A cane is often associated with someone of an advanced age but it may actually be used when someone wants to begin to place a little weight on a part that has been injured but may be improving.  It may also be used to help with balance.  

Walkers seem to be seen more than ever.  They come in all kinds of designs and serve all kinds of purposes and needs.  They may be primarily used for bearing a majority of weight from the upper body or helping someone with more severe balance issues.

Crutches Should Be Used Right or There Is a Risk of More Injury

Too many people use crutches incorrectly.  As a result, they may end up falling or experience sore arms and/or hands.  Their height should be one to two inches below the armpits with the hand grips at about the level of the tops of the hips.  When using them, people should reach ahead, touching the ground with both at the same time, then lift themselves over and touch with the good foot.  A little practice can go a long way.

Prevention Is Always Best

It is a good idea for all of us to keep some kind of walking aid on hand.  What is even better is to do a regular safety check around the home.  Removing anything that could potentially cause trips or slips can make a big difference.  If we can make our homes safer, as well as have a good plan in case of injury, we will be much better off.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.

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