Which Assistive Device is Right for You?

Approximately 7 million Americans use an assistive device to help with their mobility.

These devices include: wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches and walkers. Let’s review the differences between canes and walkers, as these are typically the most commonly used!



CANES (single point cane pictured above): a cane provides less support than a walker does. It usually has one point of contact with the ground and can only be used in one hand. Canes are often used when someone is able to walk relatively well on their own but has a back or leg injury on one side.


WALKERS (front wheeled walker pictured above): a walker can have two wheels or four wheels and can be a great option for someone who needs more support. Walkers can be used short term i.e. after surgery, or long-term to prevent falls in the home or community.


ROLLATOR: a Rollator is a type of four wheeled walker. It allows for more mobility and often is equipped with brakes and a seat. Rollators provide the stability of a walker, but require practice to ensure safety!


Questions about which assistive device is right for you? Talk to a physical therapist today to get a recommendation based on your functional needs.


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