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 844 283
Stiffness/spasticity 389 105
Improve mobility 355 215
Walking problems 175 52
Fatigue 101 26
Multiple sclerosis 54 12

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 21
Mild 76
None 478

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

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain in shoulder(s) 13
Back pain 8
Social anxiety 7
Falls 5
Pain 5
Joint pain in hands 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 129
as needed 96
weekly 13
all the time (24/7) 5
every other day 4
every other week 4
monthly 4
four times daily 3
twice daily 3
1 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 146
Did not seem to work 66
Course of treatment ended 38
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 89
1 - 2 years 541
2 - 5 years 186
5 - 10 years 58
10 years or more 105

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 47
2 - 5 years 73
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 14
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 181
Usually 137
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 172
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 69
A little hard to take 139
Not at all hard to take 355
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 157
Not specified 398
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73 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

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

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

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 1, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It has helped me walk better, gives me more support. It has had no major impact on my life.

  • 0 helpful marks
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