Activator Poles – Prescribed by Surgeons, Physiatrists & Physicians

May 6, 2019 | By Urban Poling

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We have been using the Activator poles in our clinics and hospital
for a number of years now. Our population with spinal cord injury,
multiple sclerosis, hereditary spastic paraplegia, among others, are
responding with a more normalized gait pattern, and are comfortable
using the athletic-appearing aids in public. They are a very useful and
effective training aid and mobility device in our neurorehab population”

Dr. Colleen O’Connell 
MD FRCPC Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation, Research Chief, Stan
Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

“For the past 5 years I have consistently recommended the Activator
poles for patients in my surgical practice. They have been instrumental
in promoting an upright posture and a functional walking pattern
compared to canes and walkers. In my opinion they facilitate
rehabilitation and return patients to optimal function faster.”


Dr. Charles G. Fisher
MD MHSc FRCSC Surgery of the Spine
Professor and Head – Division of Spine
Surgery, UBC and Vancouver General Hospital
Past President, Canadian Spine Society.

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“I have had 7 major spine surgeries for
congenital spinal stenosis and two major
fracture dislocations of L3 and L2. Now fused
from T9 to S2 and using a body brace. In my
right leg, there is no sensation, no
proprioception and loss of quad and hip
flexion power. I am able to walk using
Activator Poles for 3 hours per day at 14
months post op. The Activator grip is what
sets these poles apart by effectively
offloading and enabling me to walk 3-4 hrs a day.”

Dr. Jack Taunton,
Chief Medical Officer,
2010 Winter Olympics



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For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
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