Crutches or no crutches?

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Crutches or no crutches?

Postby djoseph » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:38 am

I had been using a cane mainly for support for my left side, but for overall balance. Over the past few weeks, my right side has needed more help. Should I get crutches, or two canes, or what seems most convenient for you?
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Re: Crutches or no crutches?

Postby marieke » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:55 am

I think you would have to try them both out... or do you have access to consult an OT? They can really help you with figuring out what will work best.

I used "Canadian crutches" AKA Forearm crutches before I switched to just one cane.
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Re: Crutches or no crutches?

Postby Sew » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:15 pm

I use a cane walking outside for very short distances. Otherwise I just use the walker. Makes balancing much easier.
I know a few people who have Neuropathy in their legs not TM and they find that using 2 walking poles very helpful for balance. They look like ski poles without the spikes.
As Marieke suggested if you can see an OT they will be able to advise you best.

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