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Which Mobility Device Is Right for You?

Assistive devices are everywhere. You can use a car to get you to your destination faster, an elevator to fly you through 20 flights of stairs, and a pair of binoculars to allow you to see your favorite singer up close on a stage that feels miles away.

Some assistive devices help you with your mobility or getting around. These are called mobility devices, and they include crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. They can be very useful - and sometimes necessary - to get where you need to go.

Mobility devices have made it so that certain conditions, such as an injury or disability or simply getting older, do not take away your independence. They allow you to do the things you want to every day.

There are many possible choices when it comes to assistive devices for getting around, and it may feel a little overwhelming. Here's what you need to know about each mobility device to decide which one is best for you.

 

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By choosing the right device - and using it properly - you can prevent injury, give your body the support it needs, and maintain your independence.

Depending on your needs, you may have to change the device that you use. For example, if a severe injury begins to heal, you might require less support. On the other hand, if your muscles become weaker, you may need a more supportive device. Be sure to regularly communicate with your physician to make sure you're using the proper mobility device.

Having an injury or disability shouldn't keep you from getting around on a daily basis. With the right mobility device, you can get the support you need to maintain as much of your lifestyle as possible.

Still have questions about which mobility device is right for you? Call 610-738-2300 to find a primary care provider near you.

 


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