Crutches can be an important part of the healing process after an injury – but that doesn’t mean using them comes naturally. If you’ve recently had an injury and are using crutches to help you get through your day, you may need a few tips on getting around successfully.
Adjusting to crutches
It’s not enough that you are trying something totally new – walking with crutches – but you also may be trying to maneuver around obstacles around the office, while carrying things, and all while dealing with the pain of your injury. Here are some hints that may help you adjust:
• Be on the lookout for dangers in your path. As you are walking, it may be tempting to look down as you are trying to get used to your crutches. However, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of looking at the path ahead so that you can avoid things that might cause you problems, such as a patch of ice or a pothole that could trip you up.
• Sit down carefully. Put both crutches in the hand on the side with your injury. Lean into them and put your other hand behind you to feel for where the seat is, and then lower yourself slowly.
• Accept the inevitable. It can make things a bit easier if you just accept the fact that you’re not going to be as fast as you used to be! Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to go, and don’t get upset if you are slow. A slow pace (and plenty of rest) will help your injury to heal more quickly.
• Take care of your crutches. At least once a week, take a look at your crutches and make sure they are in good shape. Make sure that the end tips are not worn out or dislodged, and make sure none of the hardware is loose.
The staff at Cynergy Physical and Occupational Therapy wants to help you get back up on your feet as soon as possible. There are five locations in New York – call (212) 974-7252 for an appointment today!