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Do You Ever Need Assistance Walking?

By Tom Herrin

Many people have the occasion in which they suffer injuries that cause them to require some kind of assistance when they walk.  This may be for long periods of time or only a few days or weeks as those injured parts have the opportunity to heal.  While this is pretty common, and many end up doing this at some time, using incorrect practices can cause the injured parts, or some other part of the body, to have more prolonged injury.  Knowing what to use as an aid, and how to use it, can make a huge difference in recovery time.

Choose the Right Equipment

One of the first things to do is to determine the type of help needed.  Is the injury a foot, ankle, or some other problem that interferes with normal walking function?  In some cases, a person may need to place some pressure on the injured part in order to allow gentle healing with slight weight on it.  A cane may be ideal here.  In other cases, there may be a need to keep the part from having any weight at all.  This may be a time in which crutches are best as they may be handled in such a way as to avoid contact at all.

Walkers May Be Best for Some Issues

When people have had serious problems such as knees or hips, they may be best served by using walkers until they experience some recovery.  There are many different kinds of walkers on the market today.  The purpose of the walker is to share a considerable amount of their weight with the upper body.  The rubber tips should be in good order and the body should be somewhat over the walker.  The elbows should be slightly bent and the grip comfortable. 

Walking Assistance Is Intended for Mostly Temporary Assistance

Most of us have had time in which we have needed to use something to help to share the burden of the stress of walking.  It is critical to enable healing fast, but it should be safe and effective.  When we get those injuries that limit us, your chiropractor can be a great help, but if you are in need of walking assistance as you heal, don't hesitate to use it.  Using such help correctly is equally important so that no additional injuries are added to what already exists.  

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

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