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
Balance problems 586 101
Stiffness/Spasticity 341 30
Improve mobility 207 35
Walking problems 169 40
Fatigue 103 19
Weakness in legs 57 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
193

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

Pain in shoulders 9
Back pain 7
Social anxiety 6
Coordination problems with use 5
Pain 5
Falls with injury 4

Show all 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Why Patients Stopped Using (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 143
Did not seem to work 60
Course of treatment ended 35
Not indicated 17
Doctor's advice 13
Side effects too severe 9
Change in health plan coverage 3
Personal research 2
Expense 2
See all 268 patients who’ve stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

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 3
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 264
How Long Patients Used Before Stopping
Duration Patients
0-1 month 12
1-3 months 25
3-6 months 22
6 months-1 year 50
1-2 years 43
2 years or more 107
Adherence
Always
114 46%
Usually
77 31%
Sometimes
34 14%
Never
21 9%
Burden
Very
12 5%
Somewhat
43 17%
A little
67 27%
Not at all
124 50%
Cost per month
$200+
1 1%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
1 1%
$25-49
7 7%
< $25
87 90%
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70 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: none
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

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Lakotawoman
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Lakotawoman
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F48y
FM:3y 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: 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!

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