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 1082 350
Improve mobility 465 322
Stiffness/spasticity 437 114
Walking problems 193 52
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 5
Moderate 28
Mild 83
None 638

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
Balance problems 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 87
as needed 62
weekly 9
every other day 4
every other week 4
twice daily 3
five times daily 2
four times daily 2
1 other daily 1
2 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 159
Did not seem to work 72
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
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Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 212
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 58

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 228
Usually 170
Sometimes 114
Never taken as prescribed 242
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 81
A little hard to take 175
Not at all hard to take 476
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 8
$25-49 17
< $25 192
Not specified 530
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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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