What is Walking Stick/Cane?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Walking cane/rubber tip Fashion Canes Adjustable Cane With Hand Support Show all

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A walking stick or cane is a tool used by many people to assist walking. It may be used to assist with balance, or to bear weight taking pressure off of muscles. There are many different styles to suit individual needs and preferences.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 828 253
Stiffness/spasticity 384 97
Improve mobility 337 75
Walking problems 171 50
Fatigue 101 26
Multiple sclerosis 53 12

Show all 142 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 19
Mild 56
None 339

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Walking Stick/Cane

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulder(s) 13
Back pain 8
Social anxiety 6
Pain 5
Falls 4
Joint pain in hands 4

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 178
as needed 134
weekly 18
all the time (24/7) 6
every other week 6
every other day 4
monthly 4
twice daily 4
five times daily 3
1other as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 140
Did not seem to work 67
Course of treatment ended 36
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 271 patients who've stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 214
1 - 6 months 1,029
6 months - 1 year 1,084
1 - 2 years 369
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 82
10 years or more 153

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 165
Usually 128
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 107
Not at all hard to take 227
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 148
Not specified 247
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75 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

Mar 4, 2018 (Started Jan 03, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Whereas some patients prescribed the walking cane may mentally view it as a (literally) burden, sign of dependency, shame, aging, etc; I see it for its necessitated purpose, to improve mobility and balance and to assist in taking the strain off of certain muscles that no longer adhere to the physical demands the user requires to have the independence and mobility necessary to walk and move about freely without incidence and risks of falling, further compromising their independence and possibly being a blow to their dignity.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 8, 2018 (Started Jan 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Every other day
Advice & Tips: no
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 2, 2017 (Started Sep 06, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 11, 2017 (Started Sep 06, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I'm no longer able to use my canes or forearm crutches. I depend solely on my walker when ambulating in the house or in certain areas outside of the house.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2012 (Started Sep 06, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 13, 2009 (Started Sep 06, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 7, 2008 (Started Sep 06, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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