The mobility aids are the type of devices that are made to help the people who have any problems in moving around and enjoy independence and freedom. Generally people who have got disabilities and injuries, or senior people who are at the higher risk of falling, use these mobility aids. Such devices give many benefits to the users, including reduced pain, more independence, and high self-esteem and confidence. There are many ranges of the mobility devices available that will meet the people’s needs – from crutches and canes to stair lifts and wheelchairs.
Different types of the mobility aids available
Type of the mobility walking aids required may depend on mobility issue and injury. Some common types of the mobility aids will include:
Canes are very useful for the people who are on risk of falling. The canes are very similar to crutches as they support the whole body’s weight as well as help to transmit load from legs to upper body.
Crutches will help to transfer your weight from legs to upper body. They are used in pairs or single. Crutches will help to keep an individual upright and used by people with the short-term injuries and permanent disabilities.
Walkers, or Zimmer frames, are designed of metal framework with 4 legs that give support and stability to user. These stable walking helps are highly used by the people. The basic walkers have 3 sided of frame that surrounds user. Some walkers have got glides or wheels on base of its legs that means user may slide the walker instead lift it.
Wheelchairs are been used by the people who must not put any weight on the lower limbs and who cannot walk. They are more suitable than the walkers for the people with some severe disabilities and when travel over the greater distances is needed. The wheelchairs are manually propelled by a person, pushed by somebody else, or available in electrically powered wheelchair.
Who will benefit from the mobility aids?
Anybody who has got the mobility issue, long-term or temporary, will benefit from the mobility walking aids. The kind of mobility aid used may depend on an individual needs. The mobility aids are beneficial for the people with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Diabetic ulcers & wounds
- Developmental disabilities
- Fractures and broken bones in lower limbs
- Difficulties maintaining balance
- Heart and lung issues
- Injury to legs, feet and back
- Sprains and strains
- Spina bifida
- Visual impairment and blindness
- Walking impairment because of brain injury and stroke
The older adults and people who ever had amputation, and people recovering from the surgery benefit from use of the mobility aids. Improper and excessive use of the mobility walking aids can contribute too many other injuries. People who are using the new mobility aid must make the appointment with their doctor and physical therapist and learn to properly use this device.