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Use a Cane – It Helps

February 7, 2012

The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases published in November of 2011 that cane use can increase function and decrease knee pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Patients with knee osteoarthritis were divided into two groups: a cane group and a non-cane group.  They were studied over a two-month period.  Data like energy expenditure, pain levels, and general health was gathered during six-minute walking tests.

The study concluded that patients will experience a decrease in pain and an increase in function by using a cane.  Also that prescriptions for canes need to take into consideration that patients will expend substantially more energy during their first month of cane use.  And then as the patient gets used to using a cane that energy level will taper off to inconsequential measures.

 

A.Jones, et al. Impact of Cane Use on Pain, Function, GEneral Health and Energy Expenditure During Gait in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: a Randomized Controlled Trial.   Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 2012;71:172-179 doi:10.1136/ard.2010.140178                                  


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