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 1090 372
Improve mobility 471 332
Stiffness/spasticity 440 126
Walking problems 193 53
Fatigue 103 26
Multiple sclerosis 60 13

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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 7
Moderate 30
Mild 85
None 666

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

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain in shoulder(s) 14
Back pain 8
Social anxiety 7
Falls 5
Pain 5
Joint pain in hands 4

Show all 56 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 84
as needed 50
weekly 9
twice daily 5
every other day 4
1other as needed 2
every other week 2
four times daily 2
monthly 2
2 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 160
Did not seem to work 75
Course of treatment ended 43
Doctor's advice 18
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 312 patients who've stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 204
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 54

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 49
2 - 5 years 76
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 245
Usually 176
Sometimes 120
Never taken as prescribed 247
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 84
A little hard to take 183
Not at all hard to take 494
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 17
< $25 202
Not specified 554
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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

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May 22, 2017 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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