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Physical Therapy - Information About Canes and Walkers

Canes can be highly beneficial during physical therapy. They can help reduce the amount of weight on an injured leg during healing or assist patients with balance to allow walking in a safe manner.

Not all people need a cane or walker. 

Sometimes people only need one until their balance improves. 

It is much safer to use a cane or walker than to hold the walls or furniture for support. 

How to Use a Cane 

  1. The cane height should be at your wrist bend when your arm is comfortably at your side. This allows a small bend in your elbow for ideal support. 

  2. Your cane should be opposite your pain, weakness or problem. This means that if your left leg hurts, your cane should be in your right hand. If you don’t have pain then put the cane in the hand that feels more natural. 

  3. If you are using a cane then it should hit the ground every time your opposite foot hits the ground (not just now and again) in order to steady you. 

How to Use a Walker 

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  1. The walker height is measured the same way the cane is measured. The walker height should be at your wrist bend when your arm is comfortably at your side. This allows a small bend in your elbow for ideal support. 

  2. Many prefer walkers with wheels on the front, so they can be supportive like a grocery cart. 

  3. You should not be all the way inside your walker, or completely outside the back of the walker. If the walker is the correct height and you have your arms comfortably bent it will guide your body to the correct position to operate the walker. 

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