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Multiple Sclerosis & Mobility

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) occurs when the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication issues between the brain and rest of the body. It is a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (CNS). A spinal tap, blood test, or MRI may be performed to diagnose individuals with MS. Although there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment options may vary based upon the symptoms and difficulties of each case. Two thirds of people living with MS have difficulty walking. 

What are common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Back pain
  • Muscle cramping, stiffening & spasms
  • Muscle paralysis / weakness
  • Poor balance / dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Vision issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Tingling or pain in body 

How does Multiple Sclerosis affect mobility?

Although some days it may be easy to walk, those living with MS may have difficulties walking during times of relapse resulting in the need for an assistive walking aid. Muscle weakness may lead to fatigue and a need for constant bouts of rest when moving around. Many factors contribute to an uneasy feeling at the thought of moving independently, but the use of a mobility device may help to restore an individual’s confidence in ability to more around without relying on others around them. 

How can TOPRO help with Multiple Sclerosis?

Living a confident, independent lifestyle has never been easier thanks to the engineers at TOPRO. Using a rollator-style mobility product from TOPRO includes 4 wheels, built-in seat, storage bags, and forearm platforms or grips. All rollators encourage users to continue moving confidently. TOPRO rollators and upright walkers can easily be folded and stored out of the way on days where a walking aid is unnecessary. Products to consider include the Troja Classic Rollator or the Troja Upright Walker to ensure safe movements. 

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The above information is intended for support and resource but does not replace the direction of a medical professional, healthcare provider, therapist, nurse, aide, or any professional training. Prior to purchasing any mobility device to assist with multiple sclerosis, it is important to discuss options with medical providers.