Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes different neurological problems, with walking as the most obvious cause of disability. Within 10 to 15 years of disease start, 80% of people with MS experience walking problems caused by muscle weakness, spasticity, fatigue, and loss of balance. To keep their ability to move around, people with MS frequently use mobility devices, which can range from canes to wheelchairs. We reviewed the published literature on mobility devices used by people with MS. Fifty articles provided good evidence of the benefits of mobility devices for people with MS. A strong research study design is the best way to justify prescription and reimbursement decisions.
Volume 47 Number 3, 2010
Pages 213 — 224
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