Ambulation assistive devices are increasingly used and prescribed to enhance stability, facilitate independence, or increase safety and security. At the same time, it is assumed that the regular use of such devices could lessen mobility-related activities of daily living function. The present study shows that device users, regardless of their walking aid experience, demonstrated nearly comparable mobility, strength, and balance improvements during inpatient rehabilitation. The findings, to some extent, also legitimate the prescription of assistive devices to improve confidence and restore or maintain motor ability at the highest possible level.
Volume 47 Number 2, 2010
Pages 151 — 156