Arthritis affects 52.5 million American adults, this according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Arthritis patients can benefit the most from folding walkers.
Arthritis is the collective term for over 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions. Symptoms associated with this disease include pain, stiffness, swelling and aching in or around the joints.
As the U.S. population ages, the number of adults with arthritis will also rise to 67 million by 2030, the CDC reported.
For many people, arthritis is an excuse for decreasing physical activity. According to the CDC, research findings have shown that many people believe physical activity will cause pain, damage joints or make symptoms worse.
A sedentary lifestyle, according to CDC, is bad for arthritis. The cheapest and simplest way to become physically active is by walking. Many arthritis patients, however, have walking difficulties.
To encourage arthritis patients to become physically active by walking, health care professionals prescribed folding walkers.
Patients can choose from the one-button type to the two-button type. The one-button folding walkers have a one-button folding mechanism that offers convenient and quick operation. The two-button folding walkers offer a push-button mechanism that can be operated by palms, fingers or side of hand to adjust the height and fold the walker.
Benefits of Using Folding Walkers
For arthritis patients, walking with folding walkers can ease pain. This assistive device eases pain as it takes some of the body’s weight through the arms. Folding walkers also provide stability and confidence to the user. In addition, this mobility aid provides a wider base of support. This wider base reduces your risk for falling.
To fully benefit from this assistive device, make sure that you have the following physical requirements:
-You need support up to 50% of your weight.
-You can walk on your own.
-You need support on both sides of the body.
-You have enough upper body strength to move the device.
To benefit from this walking aid, it is also important to achieve the correct height of the device. An incorrect height can cause pain to the hand, wrist, arms, back or shoulder.