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Ask the doctor: How do I use a cane?

Q. I recently had a right hip replacement and my doctor says I'm now ready to use a cane. Do you have any recommendations about the best way to use it?

A. Congratulations on your progress! A proper cane can be very helpful. It will reduce pain by taking some of your body's weight off the hip. It can also improve your stability and balance and reduce the demand on muscles and tendons that might still be inflamed or weak after surgery. A cane will get you on your feet and allow you to be more active, helping you strengthen your body and giving you some independence while your hip heals.

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