Nearly 50 000 older adults are treated for injuries related to falls involving a walker or cane each year in the United States, estimate scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimate was based on an analysis of surveillance data on about 4000 falls among adults aged 65 years or older involving walkers or canes between January 2001 and December 2006 (Stevens JA et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02365.x [published online ahead of print June 23, 2009]).
Kuehn BM. Fall Injuries. JAMA. 2009;302(8):838. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1174