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Learning to Use Walking Aids May Help Later

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people have the occasion in which they end up requiring the use of some kind of walking assistance due to an injury.  As a result, they may suffer another injury of some kind because they are unable to use it correctly or adequately.  Learning how to use whatever kind of assistance it is can be the best way to have the greatest success in rehabilitation.  When these kinds of devices are available, it is best to carefully practice how to use them.  While it may seem a bit odd, if an individual knows how to use these in the right way, they will have more success and probably experience a more successful recovery from their injury or other problem.

Most People Have Something Around

As a result of some kind of previous injury, a lot of people keep some walking aids in their home.  They can be pretty handy.  Crutches may be the most common.  They are often used when someone wants to keep most of their weight off of the injured part.  

Walkers have become more common as they come in a variety of styles and designs.  They can provide greater stability for those who need it.  Since they contact the ground in four points, they can support weight without a struggle to maintain balance.  

A cane has been around for a long time.  Many people use them to help to steady those who have limited issues with their balance.  A cane may also be used by those recovering from injury when they are wanting to place slight weight on their injured part as they allow it to heal.

People May Get Along More Easily With Crutches

Once people learn how to use crutches, there are few limits as to where they can use them.  It is important that the top of the crutches are one to two inches below the armpits.  The hand grips should be about the same level as the tops of the hips.  This can allow people to lift themselves with their hands as they move and avoid bruising the armpits.  When used correctly, they are relatively easy to move around with.  

Be Conscious of Safety in Your Home

It is always a good idea to do a safety check in your home to be sure that obvious hazards are removed.  Knowing how to use these devices can be a help as well.  Allowing family members to know is a good idea.  The better our plan, the smoother it goes when we have problems. You can never be too prepared. 

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

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