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How to Use Crutches on Stairs - Thomas Fetterman Inc.

How to Use Crutches on Stairs

  • Approach the stairs and have your therapist stand by for safety until confident of abilities.
  • Keep crutches down on lower level and do not place upward on the steps. Push down hard on the crutches with your arms. This lifts the body upward.
  • Then, step up first with your strong leg to the first step....
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  • How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities

    Children of all abilities and needs should have room to play and explore their world. In fact, play is so important for a child’s development that the United Nations declared play is a human right for children. Making your home a place where a child with special needs can be active takes more than a look around. You’ll want to brainstorm ways the outside can be an inclusive sanctuary for children of all abilities, too.
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  • Financial Planning: The Future Won’t Wait

    The funny thing about the future is that it has a knack for becoming the present. If you have yet to prepare your finances, there is no better time than today. This is especially true if you have a disability since you also likely have personal care expenses that can burden your budget. The good news is that you don’t need a significant chunk of money stashed away to begin your future planning endeavors. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
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  • Parenting with a Disability - Thomas Fetterman Inc.

    Parenting with a Disability

    Parenthood is an exciting adventure, but it’s not without its challenges. A new life is your responsibility, from making sure the baby’s needs are met, like food and comfort, to helping him or her reach certain developmental milestones that will build the foundation for a happy, healthy life. 
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  • How to Use Crutches on Stairs - Thomas Fetterman Inc.

    How to Use Crutches on Stairs

    • Approach the stairs and have your therapist stand by for safety until confident of abilities.
    • Keep crutches down on lower level and do not place upward on the steps. Push down hard on the crutches with your arms. This lifts the body upward.
    • Then, step up first with your strong leg to the first step....
    Read now
  • Shoulder Pain and Weakness by Thomas Fetterman

    Over the years I have been very active crutch user starting when I was eight years old. After college my wife and I bought and renovated pre-Civil War houses for 20 years and we did most of the work ourselves. I climbed scaffolding, did brick laying, installed roofs and roofing, built chimneys, and everything else. Then for adventure we traveled around the...
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  • Cure Carpal Tunnel Without Surgery

    Ten years ago, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was most often seen in factory workers, secretaries, and supermarket cashiers whose jobs required them to repeat the same hand and wrist movements thousands of times a day. Besides experiencing ordinary soreness, CTS patients progressively suffer a weakened grip, stiff finders in the morning, and crippling....
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  • How To Use Crutches To Walk Safely

    • Scoot forward to edge of the chair with injured or painful leg out in front of your body.
    • When sitting in a chair, place both crutches on the opposite side of an injured or painful leg.
    • Span your hand across both hand grips. The back of your elbow should be pointing up high.
    • Push up with your strong leg. One hand should be on the crutches and the other hand on the chair.....
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