Chronic pain can be hard to live with. It affects just about every aspect of your life. When the onset of a flair-up comes, often mobility is one of the first things affected. So, we are going to give you some tips on how to improve your mobility and mobility aids for chronic pain.
Listen to Your Body
It can be frustrating not being able to move the way you used to. This can lead some to overexert themselves, possibly leading to worsening the problem. Make sure that you’re taking time to rest throughout the day, especially when you feel tired. If your joints are bothering you, then rest them. If you’re frustrated with your progress or your abilities, take a deep breath and remember you are doing the best that you can.
When Should I Choose to Use a Mobility Device?
When listening to your body, it may tell you can’t move around the way that you used to. When it becomes an impairment on your life, instead of overexerting yourself, if you haven’t already, then this would be a good time to choose a mobility device to help your mobility in daily life.
Types of Mobility Devices:
Knee Walkers or Knee Scooters
Though not thought of by many suffering with chronic pain, if the pain is mainly located in one leg below the knee or ankle, a knee walker might be a good option. With a knee walker, you just rest your knee on the pad and use the 3 to 4 wheels to help you cover long distances. This helps keep your upright posture. Many knee walkers also come with baskets to help you carry items.
The mobility device most people are familiar with are canes. If one side of the body is weaker than the other, using a cane can provide stability and promote balance. The cane should be used on the stronger side of the body. If the left leg or side is weaker, then the cane should be used on the right side. There are also different types of canes. There are canes with three or four legs that provides more stability than a typical stick cane.
Another mobility device most people are familiar with are walkers. These are for people that need more help than what a cane can provide. Walkers are available in three different types: traditional walkers, walkers with wheels, and walkers with seats. The height on most walkers is adjustable, so the width is what you need to look at if you are considering a walker. Most walkers do fold for easier storage.
A wheelchair might be a good option if the chronic pain in your legs is too much to stand and walk, but your arms are still fairly good. That is because wheelchairs are wheeled along by the person sitting in them (or someone else if you have the help). Because you are going to spend a lot of time in the wheelchair, finding one with a good seat width and cushion is a good idea. At Bayshore Medical Supply, our transport wheelchairs are super lightweight (only 14 pounds) and can be folded down for easy transportation.
Powerchairs and Scooters
Chronic pain can cause fatigue. Though a wheelchair may be great for helping you keep a sense of independence, a powerchair or scooter may help you save energy and time. It is also a less taxing option on the arms if you have limited arm strength or pain in the arms. Mobility scooters available in 3- and 4-wheel models. They also come with a variety of accessories like a basket to help you carry things around. If this sounds like an option for you, you will want to consider things like home usage, usage outside the home and comfortability in choosing the right powerchair or scooter. If this is a consideration of yours and you are in the Pasadena TX or Southeast Houston area, come on by or call us at Bayshore Medical Supply, and we will be happy to help you in deciding which mobility scooter is right for you.
Chronic pain can be debilitating, but there are medical devices to make your mobility easier. if you live in Pasadena, Channelview, Baytown, League City or Southeast Houston, we here at Bayshore Medical Supply can help find the right solution for you to help ease your life and get you mobile again. Feel free to stop by at 4205 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77504, or call (713) 472-8585.