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 768 199
Stiffness/spasticity 371 55
Improve mobility 294 63
Walking problems 170 49
Fatigue 100 25
Multiple sclerosis 53 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
Severe 6
Moderate 17
Mild 53
None 284

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulders 12
Back pain 8
Loss of a free hand 7
Social anxiety 6
Coordination problems with use 5
Pain 5

Show all 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 170
as needed 127
weekly 20
all the time (24/7) 8
every other week 6
1 other daily 4
every other day 3
three times daily 3
1 mg daily 2
1other as needed 2

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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 66
Course of treatment ended 36
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 10
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 271 patients who've stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 245
1 - 6 months 1630
6 months - 1 year 478
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 58
5 - 10 years 99
10 years or more 150

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 152
Usually 120
Sometimes 59
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 62
A little hard to take 101
Not at all hard to take 179
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 14
< $25 108
Not specified 231
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75 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

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
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