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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 5:00:00 AM
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Canes and Walkers May Increase Fall Risk

Many elderly people use canes and walkers to get around, but a new study reveals how dangerous these aids can be when used without proper training. Untrained users tend to drag the cane or walker, thus creating a dangerous gait pattern that increases the risk of falling. The study focused on 43 older adults in an assisted living facility and found that those using walking aids were nearly four times more likely to fall than those without aids. Experts recommend training individuals to use such devices as well as instructing them in balance recovery and gait exercises. More...
RoadRunner
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 2:45:33 AM

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"Walkers and canes can be lifesavers for older people, but a new study highlights the downside of using them without training." Now, that's how we create jobs. Old people should learn how to use canes from those who do not need to canes. Learn Kung Fu from those who do not do Kung Fu! Shame on you
thar
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 3:15:27 AM

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Confounding factor:
People unsteady on their feet are more likely to fall- and also more likely to use canes.

People who don't fall don't use canes.
Unless this is a randomised trial where they took people with exactly the same risk factors, and gave half of them sticks and half not, then this is poor reporting. They have found a correlation, not a cause.

It might be true, and it is a good idea to help people move as safely as they can.
But call this study an observation of their gait as a cause of falls, not their fall likelihood.
striker
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:52:28 PM
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i saw today a man with a cane, the cane kick out a the man went down
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:36:24 PM

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thar wrote:
Confounding factor:
People unsteady on their feet are more likely to fall- and also more likely to use canes.

People who don't fall don't use canes.
Unless this is a randomised trial where they took people with exactly the same risk factors, and gave half of them sticks and half not, then this is poor reporting. They have found a correlation, not a cause.

It might be true, and it is a good idea to help people move as safely as they can.
But call this study an observation of their gait as a cause of falls, not their fall likelihood.

I agree, thar!

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The study followed 43 adults, ages 63 to 94, in a residential care facility in Belgium. Twenty-two used walking aids (most used a four-wheeled walker, two used a two-wheeled walker, one used a walker without wheels and one used a cane).


When you make an assumption, you make an ass of u & umption! - NeuroticHellFem
Dr WWWW
Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:13:41 PM

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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
thar wrote:
Confounding factor:
People unsteady on their feet are more likely to fall- and also more likely to use canes.

People who don't fall don't use canes.
Unless this is a randomised trial where they took people with exactly the same risk factors, and gave half of them sticks and half not, then this is poor reporting. They have found a correlation, not a cause.

It might be true, and it is a good idea to help people move as safely as they can.
But call this study an observation of their gait as a cause of falls, not their fall likelihood.

I agree, thar!

Quote:
The study followed 43 adults, ages 63 to 94, in a residential care facility in Belgium. Twenty-two used walking aids (most used a four-wheeled walker, two used a two-wheeled walker, one used a walker without wheels and one used a cane).


Another vote in support of Thar's observation. Some of these "studies" are put up just to amuse.

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Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:56:12 AM

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So very true.............
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