Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you have a disability or an injury. They include
- Motorized scooters
You may need a walker or cane if you are at risk of falling. If you need to keep your body weight off your foot, ankle or knee, you may need crutches. You may need a wheelchair or a scooter if an injury or disease has left you unable to walk.
Choosing these devices takes time and research. You should be fitted for crutches, canes and walkers. If they fit, these devices give you support, but if they don't fit, they can be uncomfortable and unsafe.
- Gardening from a Wheelchair (Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center)
- Home Modifications
- Rehabilitation Engineering: What is Rehabilitation Engineering? (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Self-Help Devices (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Wheelchair-Mounted Upper Limb Robotic Exoskeleton with Adaptive Controller for Activities of...
- Article: Handgrip Strength Cutoff Points for Functional Independence and Wheelchair Ability in...
- Article: The Influence of Sex on Upper Extremity Joint Dynamics in Pediatric...
- Mobility Aids -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research)
- Eldercare at Home: Mobility Problems (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)