Preventing Falls and Injuries; The Walking Stick Can Save LivesBy Bushnell, Nate; AT Journal, Vol. 109, No. 1
Publication Date: April 2005
Article discusses the use of a walking stick versus a traditional cane for older people with mobility disabilities. The author contends that canes are much too unstable to provide safety from falls, while walking sticks provide more support in every situation, including walking on level or uneven terrain; when walking down stairs; or when rising from a couch or chair. Walking sticks also provide time for the stronger muscles of the arm and shoulder to contract and reduce the speed of falls, thus reducing injuries. Slings and straps can be added to walking sticks in order to provide extra stability, as they help to maintain firm hand support. The author contends that a strong connection between the hand and the mobility device can result in improved control, and yields better support than a traditional cane.
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