Multiple Sclerosis in Michigan
Multiple sclerosis also called MS is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It is believed to be caused by an underlying autoimmune problem where the body attacks the myelin (substance that protects nerve fibers) damaging it and creating scar tissue. The scar tissue is called sclerosis, which is where the disease gets its name. There are many therapies for MS but there is currently no cure. In Michigan the National Multiple Sclerosis Society serves almost 18,000 people living with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis affects Michigan residents in different ways. There are four primary categories of multiple sclerosis, relapsing-remitting MS, primary-progressive MS, secondary-progressive MS and progressive-relapsing MS. The vast majority of people living with MS are initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. This means that they suffer distinct attacks where their neurological system fails to work properly and then the problem subsides and goes into complete or partial remission. Unfortunately a significant percentage of people with relapsing-remitting MS eventually develop secondary-progressive MS. When this happens their symptoms worsen and may become consistent. Regardless of which type of multiple sclerosis a person is experiencing they may face a number of challenges due to the symptoms that the disease presents. Multiple sclerosis can affect a persons emotions, cognitive functions and ability to control physical movement, because multiple sclerosis affects each person different there are no clearly defined expectations for the symptoms the disease will create.
Many Michigan residents with multiple sclerosis continue working for years after their initial diagnosis. Laws created to protect the disabled, help Michigan employees with multiple sclerosis who wish to continue working stay employed. Specifically the rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act protect the employment of people working with multiple sclerosis whom are still capable of completing their job duties.
Recent drug and technological advancements have also improved the lifestyles for those living with multiple sclerosis in Michigan. Specifically the NESS L300 created by Bioness has been instrumental in helping Michigan multiple sclerosis suffers with trouble walking. The Bioness L300 is not the first electrical stimulation walk aid but it is the first easily programmable, light and wireless one. The FDA approved Bioness L300 helps some multiple sclerosis patients experiencing foot drop regain their ability to walk comfortably by using mild electro stimulation to activate the nerves and muscles that control the calf and lift the upper part of the foot.
There are many other orthotics available to Michigan residents living with multiple sclerosis (MS) including custom foot orthotic shoe inserts and a number of different leg, ankle and foot braces. To learn more about the orthotic therapies available please call or visit Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics at one of our several Michigan locations. Click here or below to find contact information for a Michigan location near you.
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