Tips for Climbing Stairs

If knee pain hinders your ability to go up and down stairs, here are some tips to ease the pain.

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If you use a cane, first make sure that you're holding it on the correct side. "You want the cane on the side opposite of the painful knee," says Lorring. Think about how you walk normally. As your left leg steps forward your right arm swings forward, and vice versa. At the moment you step down on your left leg you want the cane to take pressure of that leg, so the cane goes in the right hand.
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