I went with my good friend to her doctor a few months ago, she was seeing a new doctor for the first time that took over for last doctor that left. and my friend, who is 62 years old, has fibro and severe arthiritis in her back, asked the doctor about
using a cane and the doctor kept saying over and over that canes are terrible and she just needs to practice her balance. My firend can barely get around in her house, I always know that when I know on her door that I have to wait a while before she answers cause it takes a while for her to get up and walk.
but either way, my firend did some research and found that you shjouldn't just go to the store and pick the "coolest" cane out, their's a science to it. All diffrent types of canes do diffrent things depending on what you need it for, the best way to find out is to go to either a physical doctor/therapist and ask them or sometimes if you go to a home medical supply store, they'll sometimes have someone who knows what they're doing and can help you by explaining the diffrence and help you pick out one for your needs.
I never knew their was so much science to canes, cause I guess picking out the wrong cane can cause some other problems, especially with the shoulder, arms, hands, and even your back and legs, you can really do some bad damage to the bones and muscles. So be VERY careful and do your research before just grabbing any old cane at the store.
I'm on 27 years old, and I'm thinking I should get one for when I first wake up cause my knees wont work for an hour or so, sometimes they wont work for me all day and I walk like a robot. And someitmes even on days wjere my back pain is so bad, I have a hard time just moving, but I'm too embarrassed to ever use one. Sometimes when I go for a walk wih my firend, I have my eight year old daughter go find me a huge stick and I walk with that, pretending I use it to poke at rocks or something. But it's getting so bad I just might have to bite the bullet and get one....
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