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If You Are Prepared, You May Dodge Some Injuries

By Tom Herrin

There is really no way around having injuries of some kind or another.  They can happen in a variety of places.  Whether it is inside or out, some accidents seem inevitable.  Most people have had the opportunity to experience a turned ankle.  They appear to come out of nowhere and catch people by complete surprise.  When these sort of things happen, it usually requires the use of some kind of walking aid.  These aids come in all shapes and sizes, but it is pretty important that people know how to use them correctly in order to get the maximum benefit.

Walking Aids Vary as Do Techniques for Their Use

It seems that it is difficult to watch television today without seeing some ads for walkers.  It is apparently a popular item.  They are designed to be the most substantial of all aids for those who may have the greatest needs.  

Crutches are the old standard.  Most people have attempted to walk on a pair even if it was just for the experience.  They are mostly used for providing a means of walking while keeping all, or most, of the weight off of an injured part.  A cane is often associated with an older person.  While they may be used to help someone with limited balance, they may also be used for those who are attempting to regain the use of a previously injured part while helping to keep the amount of weight placed on it limited.

Walkers May Be the Newest in One-size-fits-all

It isn't that walkers can do everything, but they can serve a variety of purposes while coming in all kinds of shapes.  Some have rollers so that someone can move them without having to pick them up.  Others are designed so that people can stand more upright so they can keep from slumping as they use them.  They may be used to support more of the body weight as people try to limit stress on their lower body from the hips down.  Since they touch the ground with four points, they can provide a solid foundation for someone to lean on.

Being Prepared Can Mean All Sorts of Things

We should all strive to be as prepared as possible.  Doing everything possible to help prevent those accidents that require us to use walking aids may include making regular checks over our homes and surroundings to assure they are safe and clear.  Knowing how to use walking aids properly can help us to prevent additional injuries as we use them.  Being prepared is the key.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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