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 788 215
Stiffness/spasticity 379 67
Improve mobility 306 67
Walking problems 170 49
Fatigue 101 26
Multiple sclerosis 53 12

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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 5
Moderate 18
Mild 54
None 302

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulder(s) 12
Back pain 8
Loss of a free hand 7
Social anxiety 6
Coordination problems with use 5
Pain 5

Show all 43 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 182
as needed 142
weekly 19
all the time (24/7) 8
every other week 6
every other day 5
1 other daily 3
monthly 3
three times daily 3
twice daily 3

See all 24 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 139
Did not seem to work 67
Course of treatment ended 36
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 10
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 271 patients who've stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration

Currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 182
1 - 6 months 1,436
6 months - 1 year 853
1 - 2 years 27
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 98
10 years or more 167

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 156
Usually 124
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 39
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 64
A little hard to take 105
Not at all hard to take 191
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 120
Not specified 236
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75 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

Nov 30, 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: < $25 monthly

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

Aug 4, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for better balance)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This has really helped in my mobility.... I mainly use it to and from work and when travel on trips or around town.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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