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Tips for Walker Use

By May 16, 2009

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People with osteoarthritis often require mobility aids (canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters) to compensate for painful joints or joints with limited range of motion. Mobility aids add stability and improve balance -- if used properly. For example, there is a right way and a wrong way to use a walker.

I have a couple of relatives who use walkers and both seem somewhat slouched or bent over as they walk with their walker. I see others when I'm in stores, doctor's offices, restaurants who don't seem to be entirely comfortable with their walker. I would say I actually witness more inappropriate walker use than appropriate walker use. What should they be doing differently? What should you do to be certain you are using your walker correctly? It starts with getting "fit" properly -- having the walker adjusted to the right height for you. Learn more about how to get up, walk, and sit with your walker in Tips for Walker Use.

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