How to Use a Walker Correctly

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Using a walker may seem simple, but if you don't use it correctly, you may fall or end up hurting something else in the process like your back or shoulders. This video shows you how to use a walker correctly.

A walker is used when you need a little more support than just some balance. It has more support than using a cane, and it also has more support than crutches since it is one complete piece. It’s important to make sure the height is adjusted so you are standing upright and not leaning over or shrugging your shoulders.

A rolling walker, like the one used in this video, should not be lifted while moving. You want to roll it as you walk with a normal gait pattern. Pushing on it too hard or trying to lift it up and move it will affect your gait and safety.

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