A study published by Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource in 2009, defined that the canes are responsible for25% of body weight . The reasons for its use are multiple, from pain to being a fundamental part of a post-surgical rehabilitation process.
Several types and designs circulate in the market. The choice of the ideal model will depend on the suffering and suggestion of the experts in orthopedics and rehabilitation.
For people over 60, the cane can make the difference between an active life and sociability. The instrument provides support for the walk and, therefore, strengthens the bond of the physical activation and the rejection of isolation.
There is a lot of types. The aluminum ones are adjustable and the wooden ones must be cut to size. For everyday use, it is probably not the most comfortable to opt for a curved cane style, but for a swan-neck fist, which is flatter, places the user's weight just above the rod and will possibly make you feel better .
Being a common instrument, by logic it is thought that its use is simple, on the contrary, there are some key tips to get the most out of it.
- Always use the cane in the hand opposite the weakest extremity. The goal is to balance the weight. When taking the step, cane and damaged limb should move at the same pace and time. Wear non-skid footwear to maintain safety on the march and complete support. Regulate the speed of the steps, in such a way that before advancing a good leg and cane support is ensured.
The upper part of the cane should be symmetrical at the height of the greater hip trochanter.
To locate it, it is enough to put your hands on the hips (where the pockets of the trousers are commonly found). The hands will perceive a kind of lateral balls, just there is the greater trochanter. A clue to confirm its location will be the movement of the bone when walking.
If the height of the cane is lower, it will cause an incorrect inclination, increasing the risk of back injuries and falls.
If the height exceeds the greater trochanter, the patient will be forced to bend the elbows more, which could cause injuries and constant pain.
Walking with a cane will require some training that the patient can carry out on his own, unless his doctor or therapist contraindicates it, and a moderate amount of time.
Your purchase does not require a prescription and can be found in stores, specialized pharmacies, orthopedic assistant's offices and hospitals.
In the case of elderly people, the use of the cane can change the psycho-emotional perspective that the patient may have of himself. For years, the use of this medical assistant has been related to old age and the decline of life. The attitude with which the cane is accepted will define the direct impact on the quality of life.
- Standard. Material: wood or metal. It measures between 85 and 110 cm .. The upper part is curved in the shape of a hook.
- Handle in "T". Material: wood, plastic or metal. It is advised when the hand is weak.
- Wide base. Material: metal The lower part is formed by 3 or 4 short legs that provide greater stability and allow you to remain vertical when not in use. Recommended for people who can not keep their balance.