Assistive Devices and Orthotics

From crutches and wheelchairs to braces and slings, there are many assistive devices that can help you recover from an injury. Explore your options and learn how to best put them to use.
Photo of a woman and a PT with a walker.
How to Walk With a Standard Walker for Ambulation
The lift off strip of kinesiology tape.
Release Neck & Shoulder Knots With Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape can be used to treat plantar fasciitis.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Kinesiology Tape
Man wearing knee brace
How to Wear a Knee Brace So It Fits Correctly
Photo of a knee getting measured with a goniometer.
Using a Goniometer to Measure Range of Motion of a Joint
kinesiotape on back
How to Use Kinesiology Tape to Treat SI Joint Pain
A knee Bledsoe brace.
Do I Need to Use a Knee Brace After ACL Surgery?
Close up showing a medical treatment of a young woman. A female physiotherapist is taping the neck of a young lady which has got head aches. Kinesiotape is also used for prevention and treatment in competitive sports.
How Kinesiology Tape Is Used in Physical Therapy
Caregiver helping a man with crutches.
How to Walk Safely With Crutches
Three senior men laughing, walking on city waterfront
How to Safely Walk With a Cane
Doctor helping a patient walk up stairs
How to Negotiate Stairs After an Injury or Surgery
A roll of kinesiology tape
Using Kinesiology Tape to Prevent Nipple Irritation
Patient being diagnosed by his physical therapist
Hot Packs Used in Physical Therapy
Inversion Table
Inversion Table for Back Pain: Does it Work?
Photo of a woman loading a wheelchair into a car.
How to Fold and Close a Wheelchair
Electrical muscle stimulation, rebahilitation. Policlinica Gipuzkoa, San Sebastian, Donostia, Euskadi, Spain
How Electrical Stimulation Is Used in Physical Therapy
senior man with broken shoulder in sling reviewing files with woman
How to Properly Wear a Shoulder Sling
Photo of a woman and a PT with a walker.
Choosing and Using Walkers in Physical Therapy
Caregiver helping a man with crutches.
How to Size and Position Your Crutches
Shoulder pulleys can help improve the ROM in your shoulder.
Shoulder Pulleys in Physical Therapy
Photo of a woman walking with a quad cane.
Using a Quad Cane to Help With Walking
A woman in the gym with an injured shoulder
Using the Upper Body Ergometer in Physical Therapy
Photo of a man in cervical traction.
Over-the-Door Cervical Traction for Neck Pain
Physical therapist working with man exercising
How Physical Therapists Use TheraBands for Patients
Photo of a golfer holding his elbow.
Kinesiology Taping for Medial Epicondylitis
Photo of a BOSU ball.
Orthotics in Physical Therapy
Photo of the Omron Home TENS Unit
Review of the Omron MAX Power TENS Unit to Control Pain
Ankle foot orthosis being used outside
Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AFO) Types
Low section view of three people walking in the corridor
How to Walk With Crutches Safely
Man wearing knee brace
Types of Knee Braces for Support and Injury Prevention
CPM machine working
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM): Uses, Side Effects, Procedure, Results
Pilates elastic band
How to Treat Foot Drop With an Elastic Resistance Band
a young man holding his back in pain
Spinal Decompression Reviews
Kinesio Tape on a runner's calf.
Who Should Not Use Kinesiology Tape?
You can use kinesiology tape to support your rotator cuff and shoulder.
Support Your Shoulder With Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology Tape for Shin Splints
Kinesiology Tape for Shin Splints