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Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Assistive Devices

Straining to accomplish daily tasks as a result of a painful and debilitating condition? Finding that your independence is limited due to acute or chronic pain? If so, our pain management center can help. We provide patients with comprehensive pain rehabilitation services that can include medical assistive devices used to aid in function and mobility. Through our interdisciplinary approach to pain management, we work with regional occupational and physical therapy professionals in our network to reach the shared goal of limiting pain and improving function. Most of the types of assistive devices we recommend help patients with weight bearing or balance support, or both.

Types of Assistive Devices Include:

  • Straight Cane – made of a long staff with a handle on one end and a tip on the other
  • Quad Cane – comprised of a long staff with a handle on one end and a four-legged base on the other
  • Standard Walker – designed to have four legs with rubber stoppers on each
  • Rolling Walker – equipped with four legs and two front wheels on the front
  • Manual Wheelchair – engineered to be self-propelled
  • Power Wheelchair – motorized for patients who have little or no arm function

The first step to acute or chronic pain relief and more independent living is to choose an assistive device that will match your needs. In choosing the right device, the following must be taken into consideration: individual requirements, the requirements of others in the household, the requirements of anyone who will give you personal assistance, the way the assistive device will fit into your lifestyle, and the way it will fit into the environment in which it will be used. The second step is to incorporate the assistive device into your everyday life. This may require familiarization and adjustment over a period of time. Those who are advised to use medical assistive devices will receive training from occupational or physical therapists on proper use to prevent falls or mishandling, both of which can have devastating consequences ranging from fractures to traumatic brain injury. Contact our pain management center to see if assistive devices may help you on the road to pain rehabilitation and relief.