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 812 250
Stiffness/spasticity 382 97
Improve mobility 331 73
Walking problems 171 50
Fatigue 101 26
Multiple sclerosis 53 12

Show all 145 reasons taken


  • 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 56
None 336

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

Side effect Patients
Pain in shoulder(s) 13
Back pain 8
Social anxiety 6
Pain 5
Falls 4
Joint pain in hands 4

Show all 38 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 170
as needed 144
weekly 19
all the time (24/7) 6
every other week 6
every other day 4
monthly 4
1 other daily 3
three times daily 3
1 mg daily 2

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Walking Stick/Cane

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 140
Did not seem to work 67
Course of treatment ended 36
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 9
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 202
1 - 6 months 1,052
6 months - 1 year 1,059
1 - 2 years 321
2 - 5 years 60
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 158

Stopped using Walking Stick/Cane

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
1 - 6 months 48
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 162
Usually 127
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 65
A little hard to take 107
Not at all hard to take 224
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 148
Not specified 243
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75 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2008 (Started Feb 22, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 12, 2008 (Started Mar 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Balance, Weekness, Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for loss of coordination)
  • Side effects
    Mild (joint discomfort in hands and wrists)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: All the time (24/7)
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: joint discomfort in hands and wrists

  • 0 helpful marks
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