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 606 148
Stiffness/Spasticity 344 46
Improve mobility 221 45
Walking problems 168 49
Fatigue 102 26
Weakness in legs 59 10

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  • 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 15
Mild 46
None 239

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 95
as needed 72
all the time (24/7) 3
0other as needed 2
five times daily 2
1 mg daily 1
1 other daily 1
24 hr daily 1
monthly 1
twice 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 62
Course of treatment ended 35
Doctor's advice 15
Side effects too severe 10
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 270 patients who’ve stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 69

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 67
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 135
Usually 103
Sometimes 47
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 147
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 9
< $25 101
Not specified 189
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73 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

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MSMomx4
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MSMomx4
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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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
Soli Deo Gloria
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Soli Deo Gloria
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
PLS

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Oct 15, 2014 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Walking problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The main issue with a walking cane is that you lose functionality of of hand since you always have it in your grip. I was fitted for an AFO brace which allowed me to regain use of both hands while still keeping me from falling due to foot drop.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Back pain

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Weakness in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Walking problems)
  • side effects
    Mild (Back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: If you can still get a way with using a cane to get around, I reccomend it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Back pain

  • 0 helpful marks
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