Mobility Aids

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you are suffering from limited mobility, a wide variety of options are available that can help you enjoy the freedom of moving around easily. Dr. Edward Hill discusses mobility aids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you are disabled or have an injury. They include

Crutches

Canes

Walkers

Wheelchairs, and

Motorized scooters

If you ever break a bone in your leg or foot, have a surgical procedure on your lower limb or suffer a stroke, you may need to use crutches, a cane or a walker.

You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk.

Today, mobility aids are in most cases lighter and easier to use. Wheelchairs and scooters use computer technology and include safety features such as automatic brakes and anti-tipping devices.

Choosing these devices takes time and research. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they dont fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.