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Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.
With emergency rooms experiencing 47,000 fall-related visits annually from senior citizens due to improper use and fit of walking aids*, assessment by a physical therapist can help reduce the number of these dangerous incidents by ensuring appropriateness and proper fit of the walking device.
Tips for Using Walkers and Canes:
Physical therapists also advise against borrowing walking aids from friends and family. This often leads to improper fit and misuse, and can result in further injury. Your physical therapist can also evaluate your walking aid and determine if it is in proper working condition.