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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • 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 12
Mild 35
None 189

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 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 149
as needed 112
all the time (24/7) 9
1 other daily 4
0other as needed 3
weekly 2
1 mg daily 1
8 hr daily 1
1other as needed 1
five times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 144
Did not seem to work 61
Course of treatment ended 35
Doctor's advice 14
Side effects too severe 10
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 268 patients who’ve stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 1
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 4
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 277
1

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
0-1 month 16
1-3 months 25
3-6 months 22
6 months-1 year 51
1-2 years 48
2 years or more 107

Adherence


Always
Patients
106
44%
Usually
Patients
79
33%
Sometimes
Patients
35
15%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
20
8%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
12
5%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
41
17%
A little hard to take
Patients
67
28%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
120
50%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
1
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
1
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
1%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
8
3%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
83
35%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
145
60%
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73 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 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

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
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
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

See canmark's full Walking Stick/Cane history

Feb 4, 2014 (Started May 31, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

Dec 1, 2013 (Started May 31, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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