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Physical Therapy & Walking Aids

Walking Stick

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.

General Tips for Using Walkers and Canes:

  • The walker or cane should be about the height of your wrists when your arms are at your sides.
  • When using a walker, your arms should be slightly bent when holding on, but you shouldn’t have to bend forward at the waist to reach it.
  • Periodically check the rubber tips at the bottom of the cane or walker. Be sure to replace them if they are uneven or worn through.

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.
*Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (June 2009)

Acknowledgment:
All contents © 2011, 2009 American Physical Therapy Association.
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Dr. Shaden Ghattas

Dr. Shaden Ghattas

Physical Therapist - Shaden Ghattas, DPT is the founder of Universus Physical Therapy. She has a proven track record for the fast recovery of muscle and joint injuries, is expertly trained in spinal manipulation (great for lower back injuries) and is a posture & biomechanics expert. Shaden was a former All-American college athlete in her day and has the training and expertise to get any athlete back to sport. Her current passion is in yoga and the healing arts, so she is very in-tune with the specific needs of the yoga practitioner. Shaden also enjoys treating woman with pelvic pain or those looking to simply get their body back after baby. She is trained as a women’ health expert through the American Physical Therapy Association. Shaden is a very proud mother of two and enjoys hiking, biking, and going to the beach with her kids. Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University Passions: Exercise, yoga, playing sports with her kids, traveling, reading, spirituality, personal growth
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