Canes

Did you ever see the show House?  Well my friend Vicki, she’s an occupational therapist, said she has some therapist friends that won’t watch that show because House uses his cane on the wrong side.  I think that’s funny.  I saw this commercial recently for some cane and the commercial showed a guy using the cane on the wrong side.  If you’re trying to sell a product, use it correctly in the commercial.  I used a cane for a while after my stroke – and hated every second of it.  For long-term users of assistive devices you just have to embrace it and learn not to hate it.  Luckily, I don’t have to use a cane anymore.

Here’s how to use a cane correctly……

You hold the cane on the OPPOSITE side of the weaker side.  In my case, my right side is all goofy so I held my cane with my LEFT hand.  The purpose of a cane is to increase your base of support which improves your balance so that you don’t fall.  So at the same time you take a step forward with the BAD leg, the cane, held with the opposite hand, should be advanced forward simultaneously.  When I walked with a cane, I would move the cane forward with my left hand AT THE SAME TIME as when I took a step forward with my right leg.

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5 replies

  1. I think you should send the producers of House an email and let them know about the cane. It would be funny to see if they changed the way it’s used after you’ve informed them 🙂

  2. Wow, that is *very* funny about House! You’d think after using a cane for 15 years I’d look for stuff like that, but I never do. You can bet I will now! 😀

    I was annoyed by my cane at first, too. I threw it at a wall in rehab once. I don’t even really notice it anymore. I think that the most annoying thing about it is that I only use it for outside walking, and sometimes I’ll put it down when I’m indoors and forget where I put it…one of the guys at work often makes a note of where I put it when I come in because he knows I’ll be madly looking for it later…

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