What is Walking Stick/Cane?

Category: Equipment

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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 Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 568 97
Stiffness/Spasticity 334 30
Improve mobility 199 34
Walking problems 169 40
Fatigue 105 20
Multiple Sclerosis 56 7

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
3
Moderate
15
Mild
35
None
188

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 142
Did not seem to work 57
Course of treatment ended 34
Not indicated 17
Doctor's advice 13
Side effects too severe 9
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
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Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been Using Walking Stick/Cane
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 20
2 years or more 338
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 24
3-6 months 22
6 months-1 year 50
1-2 years 44
2 years or more 104
Adherence
Always
113 47%
Usually
75 31%
Sometimes
32 13%
Never
21 9%
Burden
Very
12 5%
Somewhat
40 17%
A little
67 28%
Not at all
122 51%
Cost
$200+
1 1%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
1 1%
$25-49
7 7%
< $25
87 90%
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71 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

canmark
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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Dec 1, 2013 (Started May 31, 2013)

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

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Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F47y
FM:2y 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.

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IowaKatt
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IowaKatt
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 35
Condition: Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I have:
Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia

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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!

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