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Avoid Cane and Walker Injuries

The CDC reports that each year, 1 in 3 adults ages 65 and older falls. 

Walking aids often can help older adults stay mobile, but it's crucial to use them safely.  These suggestions can help you do just that.


Canes offer you balance and support, and when used properly they may help you avoid a fall. Canes can help if you have arthritis of the knees or hips, a balance disorder, or an injury to your foot or leg.

To make sure your cane is the right length, wear normal shoes, stand, and hold your arm with a bend of about 25 degrees in your elbow. Have someone measure the distance from the floor to your wrist. Adjust your cane to match.

To safely use a cane:

  • Hold it in the hand opposite the injured or weak part of your body.

  • Put all your weight on your "better" leg, then move the cane and your weaker leg forward by a length you find comfortable.

  • With the cane and your bad leg supporting your weight, step forward with your good leg.

  • Always plant your cane securely on the ground before you take a step.


Walkers provide more support than canes. They're helpful for people with hip or knee arthritis, moderate to severe balance problems, or general weakness of the hips and legs.

To fit a walker properly, wear normal shoes, stand, and hold your arm with a bend of about 25 degrees in your elbow. Have someone measure the distance from the floor to your wrist. Adjust the walker to fit this distance.

To safely use a walker:

  • Roll the walker ahead of you by the length of one step if it has wheels. If it doesn't, place it firmly on the ground.

  • Lean slightly forward while holding the handles of the walker for support. Then take a step.

  • Repeat the process.

  • Don't take the stairs or an escalator when you're using a walker. Use an elevator instead.

Take your time when using a cane or walker. With practice you can learn to use them safely and avoid injury.

An Experienced Team of Trauma Professionals

One of the most frightening and stressful situations any person can go through is being hospitalized or having a loved one hospitalized after a motor vehicle crash, fall or other major trauma.

No matter how it happens, you would want an experienced trauma team of medical professionals, who have seen it all. That's what you will find at the Trauma Center at Broward Health North.

Trauma is a surgical specialty that is vastly different from routine emergency care. Every emergency department is NOT a trauma center. A trauma center treats those suffering from an injury so severe that if not attended to within the first 60 minutes could cause death. Trauma remains the first leading cause of death for persons younger than 44.

Broward Health North is a designated Adult Level II Trauma Center established in 1992 and serves the northern third of Broward County. Broward Health North is a member of the Broward County Trauma Management Agency and an institutional member of the American Trauma Society.

Broward Health North has highly trained Trauma Surgeons in house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An operating room suite dedicated for trauma patients is also available 24 hours a day. We have a full compliment of surgical and medical specialists readily available.

To receive the designation of "Trauma Center", a hospital has to meet strict standards established by the Florida Department of Health, based on guidelines from the American College of Surgeons. Currently, there are 22 state-approved trauma centers strategically located throughout Florida.

Trauma Center Medical and Administrative Staff

Medical Staff
Judith Johnson MD, FACS, Trauma Medical Director
Richard Schultz MD
Mufaddal Ghadiali MD, Trauma Surgeon
Jon Johnson MD, Trauma Surgeon
David Margolis MD, Trauma Surgeon

Administrative Staff
Kelly Pallazza RN, MSN, Trauma Program Manager
Deserene Curry RN, Trauma Quality Management Specialist
Monifa Murray CPC, Trauma Registrar/Coder

Learn More

Find out more about the Clinical Services and Patient Care Services available at our Trauma Center.

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