Walking Cane: Your Best Friend When It Comes to Managing Your Joint Pain, Back Pain and Preventing Injuries

Don’t ignore the signs

Getting old isn’t fun. All the little aches and pains creeping up, whether it’s back pain, knee pain or overall discomfort in your joints and limbs. It’s simply part of life.

If you’re retired and spend a lot of your time planning ahead, thinking about your investments, what you’ll be able to afford during this current chapter of your life, you probably try not to see yourself as someone who’s getting older. You can certainly continue having an active lifestyle, but if you’re noticing subtle signals such as back pain, struggling to maintain balance or stepping on one foot, it likely means you need support when you walk.

Walking canes are a great tool for managing conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, back pain and for overall injury prevention and fall prevention. 

How a walking cane can help

Walking canes can be used for many conditions, including injuries, arthritis, problems with balance, and after a surgery. They can make you more stable and take the pressure off an injured leg or hip.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common benefits to using a walking cane.

Joint pain

Joint pain is a very common problem and usually a result of arthritis or an injury. Millions of people are suffering from chronic pain caused by arthritis, with about one in four adults experiencing severe joint pain related to arthritis. 

The good news is that canes can really help with reducing the weight bearing for the arthritic joint, thereby reducing pain. They can also help you with balance if your legs are weakened. 

Back pain

Back pain is a condition that's very common for people from all walks of life. Most back pain is "mechanical"  which means that it comes from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine). Back pain can develop suddenly or gradually, it’s sometimes the result of poor posture or lifting something incorrectly, but often happens for no apparent reason. Quite often it's caused by a minor injury such as sprain (pulled ligament) or strain (pulled muscle).

Regardless of the reason or the condition, it can be significantly improved by using a walking cane. There are different types of canes depending on your needs, but each type helps with balancing and standing upright while reducing back pain.

If you have chronic back pain, you’re likely leaning more to one side so a standard cane will lessen your pain. For additional stability, you might benefit from using a quad cane. In the case you need to put more than 20% of your weight on the cane, you might require a walker or crutches.

Fall prevention: avoid injuries

Now, let’s talk about what might happen if you don’t take the right steps to manage your wobbly balance. Quite simply, you might fall! There are many serious injuries that can happen like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor if your balance is off. If you fall, you could break a bone, which on its own can lead to more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, or even disability. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling—and fall-related problems—rises with age.

Therefore, fall prevention is key. Here are a few things you can do to avoid falls:

1. Stay physically active

Even a 30-min walk a day can make a big difference to your fitness levels. When you move regularly you can react quickly in case you slip, because your muscles and bones would be stronger.

2. Get enough sleep

Getting seven hours of sleep or more is very important for your overall health. It gives your body the time to rest and digest but it also makes you more alert and able to respond when a dangerous situation arises such as being exposed to a wet floor.

3. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

When you drink large amounts of alcohol, that can lead to impaired vision and balance that’s even worse than it already is. Be extra mindful if you already have issues with stability and limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one or two drinks per occasion.

4. Have your eyes and hearing tested

Poor vision or hearing can lead to decreased response time in case an unexpected hazard appears. Therefore, make sure you see a physician regularly to get all your checks done.

5. You know your balance isn’t good, stand up slowly.

Be cautious if you know that your balance isn’t great. When you stand up, do it slowly and use any furniture nearby for support.

6. Use a walking cane if you need help feeling steady when you walk.

Finally, don’t be afraid to admit to yourself that you need a walking cane. They will make your life significantly easier. The good thing is that they come in all shapes and forms and you can find a very stylish one to match your taste - including wooden canes, designer canes, European style canes and even canes with precious metals ornaments.

Take your stability under control

If you have any doubts that you might not be as stable as you used to be, or that you might need assistance when walking, you’re not alone!

But don't let a fear of falling keep you from being active. By being proactive and getting a cane when you need it, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor. Think about how much easier it is to use walking support than to heal from a surgery!

Our friendly team is here to assist you and give you advice on the perfect cane to use in your unique circumstances. Get in touch today and we’ll be delighted to help you, or browse our large selection of fashionable walking canes.