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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Walking Stick/Cane

Severe
3
Moderate
15
Mild
36
None
197

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

Patients
9
Patients
7
Patients
6
Patients
5
Patients
4

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
143
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
60
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
35
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
17
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
13
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
9
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
3
Reason
Personal research
Patients
2
Reason
Expense
Patients
2
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Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Walking Stick/Cane
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
1
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
222
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
12
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
25
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
22
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
50
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
43
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
107

Adherence


Always
Patients
116
46%
Usually
Patients
79
31%
Sometimes
Patients
34
14%
Never
Patients
22
9%

Burden


Very
Patients
12
5%
Somewhat
Patients
43
17%
A little
Patients
67
27%
Not at all
Patients
129
51%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
152
154%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
1%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
8
8%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
88
89%
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71 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

canmark
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canmark
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Feb 4, 2014 (Started May 31, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Improve mobility: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily

Dec 1, 2013 (Started May 31, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Improve mobility: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F48y
FM:4y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jan 17, 2013 (Started Apr 18, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Balance problems: Major
  • Perceived effectiveness for Improve mobility: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in lower back: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Stiffness/Spasticity: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I have difficultly in using the cane on some days due to my hands/wrists going numb or weak or tingling with use. It also can cause my left shoulder to start hurting and causing a fire like burning and sharp stabbing pain.

  • 1 helpful mark
IowaKatt
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IowaKatt
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 36
Condition: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I have:
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia

See IowaKatt's full Walking Stick/Cane history

Nov 19, 2012 (Started Dec 15, 1998)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: There is no other way to report my having to move to 2 canes in the summer of 2011, as my condition naturally progressed. The effectiveness is moderate- because as long as your condition requires you to have assistance to walk it certainly keeps you upright, but of course other than keeping your usable muscle fibers as strong as possible doesn't affect the disorder itself. In terms of cost, you'd think for equipment they'd give you a one-time price option for permanent devices! These forms can be so frustrating!

  • 0 helpful marks
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