Generally, healthcare experts advise people to take the stairs instead of the elevator to stay fit. However, those with certain medical conditions are advised not to use the stairs and for such people, stairlifts are a great advantage. Let’s look at the medical conditions which can make using stairs difficult and even cause falls
- Arthritis: Many people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis find it difficult to perform activities like walking, climbing stairs, and gripping handrails. These chronic diseases affect many joints, causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.
- Asthma: People with this breathing disorder can experience shortness of breath when climbing stairs.
- Low back pain: Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction is a disorder that causes low back pain and for people with this condition experience pain while performing daily activities. The pain gets worse when climbing stairs.
- Balance and gait problems: If you have balance or gait issues, you stand a risk of falling on stairs. These conditions are make movement difficult and are also associated with fear of falling.
- Hypertension and heart disease: Among other things, chronic fatigue and difficulty with everyday activities such as shopping, climbing stairs, carrying groceries or walking are warning signs of heart failure.
A stairlift is a practical option for people with any of these medical conditions. A motorized seat that moves along a rail attached to the side of the stairs, this device allows the user to move up and down a staircase safely and comfortably. Leading brands offer user-friendly straight and curved stairlifts equipped with several safety features for indoor and outdoor staircases.