Using a crutch: which arm to hold it with?

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Using a crutch: which arm to hold it with?

Postby adamt » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:55 am

Hi,
I can walk ok round the house not using any aid or holding on to anything, but when i walk outside i do need some support for balance, not strength

So soon i am going to be liberated abroad, and having a crutch will help my balance when walking outside on uneven grounds.

So as my left leg is a bit weaker than my right, i was wondering which arm i should use to hold the crutch?

ive tried with each arm, and because im right handed it feels easier with the right arm, but as my left leg is the weaker, would it be better for my balance to practice using my left arm to hold the crutch?

thanks
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Postby Algis » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:20 am

Usually you will use your right arm with the cane to compensate the weakness of the left leg.

Idea is to have two supports (the weak leg and the cane) to share the load on the leg.

But it will come naturally I guess :)

Be well and keep us informed!
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Postby adamt » Sat Jun 12, 2010 3:31 am

ok thanks,
but i thought it would be better to use the crutch on the left arm, as there is less strength on the left leg holding the crutch on that side would compensate?

Also ill be using a crutch, not a cane.
Crutches look more sturdy/su[pportive for me
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Postby Talisker » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:06 am

I was told to use a walking stick opposite the weak leg and as you go forward use them at the same time so balance is centred.
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Postby adamt » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:29 am

Talisker wrote:I was told to use a walking stick opposite the weak leg and as you go forward use them at the same time so balance is centred.


thanks,
so as my left leg is the weaker one, i hold the crutch with my right arm?

what did you mean by "as you go forward use them at the same time" ??
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Re: Using a crutch: which arm to hold it with?

Postby NHE » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:49 pm

Talisker wrote:I was told to use a walking stick opposite the weak leg and as you go forward use them at the same time so balance is centred.


Yes, that's what I've read as well. However, I find it physically counterintuitive to my coordination, or apparent lack there of these days. When I use my cane, I hold it in my right hand to help out my right foot that's affected by this cursed disease. I move both cane and foot forward together at the same time.

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Postby adamt » Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:11 pm

thanks so even though my left leg is weaker/poorer balance, i will hold the crutch with my right arm
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