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 828 253
Stiffness/spasticity 384 97
Improve mobility 337 75
Walking problems 171 50
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 19
Mild 56
None 339

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 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Walking Stick/Cane

Dosage Patients
daily 177
as needed 134
weekly 18
all the time (24/7) 6
every other week 6
every other day 4
monthly 4
five times daily 3
twice daily 3
1other as needed 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 207
1 - 6 months 1,034
6 months - 1 year 1,081
1 - 2 years 361
2 - 5 years 59
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 154

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 165
Usually 128
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 64
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 107
Not at all hard to take 227
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 4
$25-49 14
< $25 148
Not specified 247
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75 patient evaluations for Walking Stick/Cane

Oct 15, 2014 (Started Feb 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for weakness in leg(s))
  • 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 leg(s))
  • 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

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

Jan 17, 2013 (Started Apr 18, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in left shoulder, numbness and tingling in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
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.

  • 1 helpful mark
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