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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Pain Rehabilitation

Assistive Devices

Having difficulty trying to accomplish daily tasks as a result of a painful and debilitating condition? Is your independence 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 recommend or provide many types of assistive devices to help patients with balance, weight bearing activities, and mobility.

Types of Assistive Devices:

  • Straight Cane - made of a long staff with a handle on one end and a single tip on the other end; improves balance and stability.
  • Quad Cane - comprised of a long staff with a handle on one end and a four-legged base on the other end; more stable than straight cane.
  • Standard Walker - designed to have four legs with rubber stoppers on each; more stable than quad cane.
  • Rolling Walker - equipped with four legs and two front wheels on the front; allows patient to walk faster than a standard walker.
  • Manual Wheelchair - engineered to be self-propelled; conserves energy.
  • Power Wheelchair - motorized wheelchair for patients with severely impaired mobility and limited use of a manual wheelchair; requires adequate vision.

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, our physicians take into consideration the following: individual patient goals, the availability and ability of care providers, patient lifestyle needs, and the living environment of the patient. 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 education on proper use to prevent falls or other complications. Contact our pain management center to see if assistive devices may help you on the road to pain rehabilitation by improving your functional mobility and quality of life.