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 609 154
Stiffness/Spasticity 345 49
Improve mobility 221 48
Walking problems 168 49
Fatigue 102 26
Weakness in legs 59 10

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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 4
Moderate 15
Mild 48
None 243

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulders 10
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 89
as needed 65
all the time (24/7) 3
five times daily 2
weekly 2
1 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
2 hr daily 1
24 hr daily 1
0other as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 145
Did not seem to work 63
Course of treatment ended 35
Doctor's advice 16
Side effects too severe 10
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 273 patients who’ve stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 74
10 years or more 67

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 138
Usually 103
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 22
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 56
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 152
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 103
Not specified 193
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74 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

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MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See MSMomx4's full Walking Stick/Cane history

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
msims1963
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msims1963
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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
onegratefulchickypoo
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onegratefulchickypoo
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See onegratefulchickypoo's full Walking Stick/Cane history

Dec 17, 2015 (Started Jul 03, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This med helps spasms and also helps anxiety

  • 0 helpful marks
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