ASSISTIVE DEVICES continued 

Canes, Crutches and Walkers 

Assistive devices serve one or more functions:

  • Improve balance

  • Assist propulsion

  • Reduce load on one or both legs.

  • Transmit sensory cues through the hand(s) 

 

Many persons use a single cane. The cane is usually held under the hand, opposite the affected leg.

There are those that use a pair of canes to ambulate, particularity those with bilateral complications/prostheses. 

Not only does a cane provide a person with an increased sense of balance and support, it also offers sensory feedback. 

Research confirms that many individuals benefit from assistive technology.

 

The benefits of assistive devices:

  • Those affected by a stroke had stood on the affected leg and walked faster than those who had not used a cane. The research participants using the cane showed that they had greater stability and less sway. 

  • Persons affected with vestibular disorders found that using a cane reduced swaying.

  • Canes lessen the stresses on the Tibia.  

  • ​A randomised controlled trial showed that assistive technologies has reduced global health care costs. Continue to Crutches

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