What kinds of walking aids are available and whom should I talk to about getting the right one?

A whole range of walking aids are widely available, ranging from simple walking sticks to fancy types of walkers and wheelchairs. Any walking aid should be carefully matched to your particular needs. It must be measured to the right size and provide the optimal level of stability without creating too much dependency. This is best done by an experienced provider, such as a physiotherapist. When used properly, these aids can dramatically improve mobility and safety.

Physiotherapists can be accessed privately or via community services such as Day Therapy Centres. Contact the Australian Physiotherapy Association on (08) 8362-1355 orwww.physiotherapy.asn.au. Local day therapy centres can be accessed via Day Therapy Centres.

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