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 622 163
Stiffness/Spasticity 334 45
Improve mobility 220 48
Walking problems 166 49
Fatigue 99 25
Multiple sclerosis 53 11

Show all 134 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 4
Moderate 14
Mild 50
None 252

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulders 11
Back pain 7
loss of a free hand 7
Social anxiety 6
Coordination problems with use 5
Falls with injury 4

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 104
as needed 85
all the time (24/7) 4
1 other daily 3
weekly 3
3 other weekly 1
10 hr daily 1
24 hr daily 1
100 other daily 1
1other as needed 1

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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 65
Course of treatment ended 33
Doctor's advice 16
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 267 patients who've stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 508
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 78
10 years or more 92

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 139
Usually 108
Sometimes 48
Never taken as prescribed 25
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 59
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 155
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 12
< $25 104
Not specified 199
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72 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

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

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • 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
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • 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

Aug 4, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Better balance)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This has really helped in my mobility.... I mainly use it to and from work and when travel on trips or around town.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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