Learn How to Use a Cane for Lower Back Problems – Easy Guide!

Probably lots of people have already told you that you are too young for back problems. But trust me, this statement doesn't make any sense. Even I have seen my colleagues who feel embarrassed using a cane for their lower back problems because it seems old!

Because most of your lower back problems occur for prolonged sitting during office hours or just working in your personal space, literally, you just need to sit on an ordinary chair for continuous hours and Tada! You have lower back problems now!

So, if you are struggling with severe back problems and you have finally made your mind to use a cane, then you must know how to use it. That’s right! Today I am going to tell you how to use a can for lower back problems and some more.

Why Should I Use a Cane?

Before making an investment, even if it's not a biggy, you should know why you need it in the first place, and being precarious regarding health issues can lead you to life-threatening consequences.

Nevertheless, you may ask why you have to use a cane. Well, as you know that consistent sitting creates pressure on your tailbone and the spinal area, which can result in severe fatigue.

Also, your body needs ample lumbar support and proper body alignment to assist your natural body curve. Otherwise, sitting for a long time in harmful postures can cause numbness and soreness.

 I hope you adjust walking with a cane eventually and get better by time. Good luck!

That’s why it’s crucial to provide support to your lower back so that you can sit with the utmost comfort and resilience. Here you may choose an ergonomic chair to combat these problems, but what about the strains you feel while walking?

You can’t walk with your chair, right? Hence you need a cane to alleviate your lower back, reduce pressure, and to balance your body weight whenever you are riding stairs or walking around the hall.

Researchers have resembled that people who left regular walking or jogging after they start having lower back problems are more likely to become physically weak. Also, it can cause severe diseases like obesity, high cholesterol, stiffness, etc.

That's why before making your condition worse, get yourself a cane and let your legs say thank you for bringing it eventually.

How Does a Cane Work?

You surely want to know how does a “cane” can be therapeutic to your lower back issues and give you muscle relief. Well, Canes are strategically made for people having lumbar health issues.

When you walk with a cane, it holds most of your body weight and reduces pressure from your lower back and legs. Also, it saves you from a sudden fall due to weakness and stiff muscles.

You need to know which one is your "bad leg" and which is your "dominant or Good leg" to work with the cane adequately. I will tell you the entire “cane using process” within a few minutes. Keep scrolling!

How Can I Determine the Ideal Cane for Me?

There is a huge variety of canes. But they mostly differ in styles, shapes, and colors. You choose yours according to your preference and type of problems. Still, the most important thing to determine the ideal cane for you is to narrow down the functions, load capacity, comfort, and handle style.

Compromising any of them when shopping for a cane will directly affect your health. So, first thing first, you need to be sure that which leg feels most of the pressure and soreness. Once you figure out the area you are having fatigues, you can treat it adequately.

You have to know your body weight and the cane's load capacity to make sure either it can bear some of your weight or not. Moreover, there are "T" shaped canes that are vastly popular amongst the people who are suffering abrupt "fall" when walking. But this doesn't help much with weight resistance.

Then you have single-point canes that are utterly effective for people living with arthritis. Also, there are multi-legged canes for those who thrive-in stability. Now you need to distinguish your issues consciously to ensure getting the ideal cane for your lower back problems.

Perks of Using a Cane?

When shopping for cane, you surely want to know the advantages of having that. Because knowing the good sights will encourage you to make the farther decision. So here I am presenting the perks of using a cane!

  1. It takes 20% (standard ratio) of your body weight when walking.
  2. Canes keep your body stable.
  3. This support system alleviates your lower back and provides muscle relief
  4. It significantly promotes sound lumbar health by keeping your body firm and balanced.
  5. Canes are crafted especially to save you from sudden fall and severe injuries
  6. This thing keeps you active and self-reliant as you don't need to sit all day and bottle-up yourself at home. You can go out whenever you want without seeking for other's help.
  7. Your problems start reducing linearly, and you barely feel any pain farther.
  8. Walking gets fluids into the discs, and it also affects your blood circulation and bowel movement. Thus, growing a habit of frequent walking may enhance your health condition and ensure you a healthy state of mind and body both.

When Should I Think about Getting a Cane?

It's not as complicated as you presume.

Once you start feeling that your body has begun misbehaving like you are losing balance while walking, get tired quickly, exhausted by persistent sitting, the nervous system behaves abnormally when you ride stairs, and mostly you feel terrible pain on your lower back whenever you advance your leg for a step.


Well, these are the common and most apparent symptoms to confess to you that you need a support system when walking.

Now, this can be wheelchairs too if your condition seems alarming. Also, if you feel like your cane isn't helping you anymore, then without wasting a moment, you should consult a doctor and talk about your problems.

How to Use a Can for Lumbar Pain?

It's crucial to pertain the appropriate using process for lower back pain before actually using it. Otherwise, you are prone to use it inaccurately and add more strains to your life.

Thus perceiving the proper way to use a cane is a necessity. Check out the quick tips on how you are going to walk using a cane!


Recognize Your “Good Leg” and “Bad Leg”

As I have already mentioned about recognizing your “bad leg” and “good leg” before anything else. Why did I say that?

Well, by good leg, I meant the leg which is stable and can bear some pressure whenever you are walking or ascending stairs. And by “bad leg,” I meant the leg which feels numbness and strains whenever you put pressure on it.

So, now you certainly know which one is your good/bad leg. All you have to do is to advance your stable leg forward whenever riding stairs. It will restrict your bad leg from bearing pressure and losing balance.

Then when you intend to descend the stairs, you have to do the opposite. Put your lousy leg first, and descending stairs don't require much of energy and balance.

Here, make sure you got your cane on the “good leg” side hand. I mean, if you are having issues in your left leg, the cane should be in your right hand and vice versa. It will allow your opposite lower limb to encounter possible pain.


 Accurate Measurements

Measure the height from your elbows by slightly bending it and keep your arms straight.

Don't wear heels while taking measurements. Make sure you are wearing flats, or you are in bare-feet. Now seek someone's assistance to help you take the accurate measurement starting from your wrist joint to the floor. By taking measurements, you can determine the ideal size of your required cane.

Don’t Put Extra Pressure 

Forget that you are relying on a tool for walking as it may trigger you putting extra pressure or stretch more when walking or ascending stairs.

No wonder, it will intensify your back aches gradually. That’s why make sure you are keeping an average distance with the cane while making a step.

Be Careful When You’re Outside

When using a cane in outdoor, keep a sharp eye on the road and passing cars while crossing the door.

Because when you are at home, you will barely need a cane as there will be people to be your support or you are gonna have plenty of furniture, knobs, walls, and handles to take assistance if you feel like losing balance but in outside you aren't supposed to get help.

So, remember these things when using a cane for lower back pain. I hope you are gonna get past that problem, and better days will come when you no longer need using canes for support.

Embrace Your Mental Conflicts

Honestly, it feels awkward and helpless for yourself when you see people walking on their own without depending on a piece of stick. Mostly if you are young and you have to go to the office and attend meetings, and all you keep feeling is constant embarrassment by the occasional stares from people.

These can make you feel weak and graviate toward decisions that are not good for your health. Here it's reasonable to face these mental conflicts and judgments. But your health comes first before anything else; you need to be your own savior and take a stand for yourself.

Because by time, your condition will get better, and you will adjust with it gracefully. Without giving most of your attention to the “peep talks,” you better take care of yourself to lead a healthy and prosperous life.

How to Prevent Lower Back Problems?

When a muscle group is too tight or too weak, it directly affects your other muscles and can put extra pain on your spine. For instance, if your hamstrings are too tight, they can pull too hard on your pelvis by straining your lower back.

Always remember that there’s no easy or quick way to encounter these problems. Everything needs ample time and care to get better.

So, if you already have lower back pain, then its too late to “prevent” because now it's time to “cure.” But if you feel like you are yet to have lower back issues and can prevent it beforehand, then check these amazing health tips to combat the lumbar problems.

  1. Avoid sitting for a long time.
  2. Keep your body straight while sitting, and you can have a comfortable cushion behind your back.
  3. Get yourself a tailbone support pillow so that even if you are driving or heading for commute, you are saving yourself from harmful sitting postures.
  4. Try to be an organized person. Eat foods containing vitamin-D and carbohydrate, go for a morning walk and take stairs instead of elevators.
  5. Make sure you have standard weight depending on your height. Because obese people are more likely to have lower back problems.
  6. When working in the office for 7-8 hours, take a break and have a short walk around the office. It will help you to avoid persistent sitting even if you don't have any lumbar support cushion.
  7. Exercise daily. Do sit-ups and stretches. The more flexible you become, the less risk you have.
  8. Try not to lay on a too-soft surface. Memory foams are the best when it comes to giving comfort within your body. Yet it has firm and tight detailing that promotes healthy postures — however, it's hard to keep your body away from wiggling and constant tossing. But if you try sleeping by keeping two pillows both of your sides, then you are less likely to move. Hence you remain at the place even in sleep!
  9. Do yoga. There are plenty of yoga lessons and videos where you can learn the postures and treat your body and mind better.
  10. Lastly, make sure you do a regular checkup every month to keep track of the external behavior of your body.

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It's never too late for anything! You will always have options to get rid of problems like that. You just need to opt for the right treatment and maintain yourself according to your health convenience.

  • Updated March 28, 2020
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