Hi all, I am struggling with standing still and walking slowly, I seem to be ok if I can walk at a faster pace for short distances, but I am wondering if using a stick or crutches would help me with the pain? I recently had to visit several schools as my daughter will be moving up to secondary school next September and was in so much pain during and after it reduced me to tears and made me realise I need help to be able to continue to do these things. I spoke to my physio and she suggested using a corset , this helps with lower back but not upper back, I’m going back to her on Friday but wondered if any of you had any advice?
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Hi Hun, sorry to hear that you’re suffering. I have a benign spinal cystic tumour as well as fibro. I use a crutch as I struggle to walk and it certainly helps me. It gives me something to lean into and to steady myself if I’m feeling a bit wobbly. Hope this helps Hun and feel free to talk anytime you want to. Take care and gentle hugs xx
Thank you for your reply ,
It’s the opposite for me, I’m in much more pain going slowly or standing still! I have had hydrotherapy and have progressed to aqua therapy which is a bit faster paced , I can move really well in the pool with very little pain, so it really helps me . I just need to take the pressure off my back while shopping etc, yes I do drive xxx
If it is your back that is causing the most pain then depending on the other areas you have pain stick or crutches may not be the answer for you personally. I have seen recently products that are heated back support and as the physio suggested a corset I would consider these as an option, don't know how much they cost tho'. If you do try this do let us know how you get on with it, as I was thinking it might help me too.
Hope you are having a pain free day as possible today
It's worth a try - you will never know unless you give it a go. I find it hard to start walking and being slow makes me more unbalanced. If I could run I am sure I would be less wobbly!
It's important if you use sticks or crutches to have them the correct height for you. My physio told me to use two sticks or two crutches never one as it alters posture and can lead to other problems. I have smart crutch elbow crutches which are adjustable both in height and in the elbow to wrist length. The angle of the elbow to wrist bit can also be adjusted angle wise and they are lined so quite comfortable to use. The crutches are specific left and right so the handgrips are comfortable. Worth a look if you wish to use walking aid. I find my rollator better for shopping as I can sit when I need to and it has basket for shopping so not as difficult as handling sticks or crutches when trying to purchase things! Certainly I notice a difference using my sticks or crutches especially first thing in the morning when I am so stiff and unbalanced or when getting out of the car.
I use a crutch, 2 on the worst days, and I couldn't get by without. A physio told me not too, said it would cause more than it would cure but she was so wrong.
It helps to balance me up, straighten me up, which corrects my posture to a less tiring attitude. It takes some of the weight/strain of each step enabling me to walk for longer. I wouldn't cope with inclines without it and it certainly gets me up otherwise insurmountable steps.
My pain is lower back/left hip mainly so a crutch on my right arm shares the weight and balances me to swing my right leg forward. And yes, sometimes it is as much effort as it sounds. On better days the crutch prevents me hurting myself as I do a bit more than usual.
I would say crutch not stick, better balance, better angle, feels safer and more supportive. It will also dangle from your arm instead of calling to the floor when you need to use both hands!