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 681 170
Stiffness/spasticity 350 48
Improve mobility 260 52
Walking problems 168 49
Fatigue 100 25
Multiple sclerosis 53 11

Show all 143 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
51
None
261

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 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 143
as needed 114
weekly 10
all the time (24/7) 7
every other week 5
1 other daily 4
1 mg daily 2
every other day 2
five times daily 2
four times daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

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Reason Patients
Other 139
Did not seem to work 66
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 357
1 - 6 months 1312
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 89
10 years or more 129

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 141
Usually 110
Sometimes 53
Never taken as prescribed 26
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 93
Not at all hard to take 161
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 12
< $25 103
Not specified 209
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73 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

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

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
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