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 787 220
Stiffness/spasticity 380 73
Improve mobility 307 67
Walking problems 170 49
Fatigue 101 26
Multiple sclerosis 53 12

Show all 145 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 5
Moderate 18
Mild 54
None 308

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulder(s) 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 178
as needed 143
weekly 19
all the time (24/7) 8
every other week 6
every other day 5
twice daily 5
monthly 4
1 other daily 3
three times daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 139
Did not seem to work 67
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 186
1 - 6 months 1,401
6 months - 1 year 888
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 96
10 years or more 169

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 157
Usually 124
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 44
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 65
A little hard to take 105
Not at all hard to take 196
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 125
Not specified 237
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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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