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 596 158
Stiffness/Spasticity 329 45
Improve mobility 208 47
Walking problems 164 49
Fatigue 100 26
Multiple Sclerosis 51 11

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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 14
Mild 48
None 246

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulders 12
Back pain 7
loss of a free hand 7
Social anxiety 6
Coordination problems with use 5
Falls with injury 4

Show all 38 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 74
as needed 68
1 other daily 3
all the time (24/7) 3
twice daily 3
weekly 2
1 daily 1
2 hr daily 1
10 hr daily 1
24 hr daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 138
Did not seem to work 63
Course of treatment ended 32
Doctor's advice 16
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 261 patients who’ve stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 74
10 years or more 61

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 44
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 68
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 137
Usually 106
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 57
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 153
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 11
< $25 99
Not specified 198
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72 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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