Did you know:
Multiple Sclerosis commonly referred to as MS affects the central nervous system of your body. The central nervous system includes the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. Since the central nervous system controls so many different aspects of your body function there are a wide variety of possible symptoms including vision problems, poor balance and coordination, speech problems, numbness and paralysis and more. These symptoms can come and go or be permanent.
Though the majority of MS patients are in the age range 20 to 50, some individuals have been as old as 75 when first diagnosed. Multiple Sclerosis is also diagnosed in children as young as 2. Women are twice as likely to contract the disease as men.
No one knows exactly what causes Multiple Sclerosis. Scientists and physicians have zeroed in on a number of factors that may be involved, which include immunology, epidemiology and genetics.
An MS diagnosis requires a variety of different tests to rule out any other possible or similar diseases. Physicians use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to scan the brain for plaques or lesions, which are indicative of MS. Neurologic, psychological and emotional tests are also used, as are vision exams and language ability testing. Combined with a medical history of the individual, physicians can eliminate other possibilities before concluding that it is MS.
Unfortunately, we haven’t found a cure for MS yet. There are, however, treatments that can help alter the disease, control and manage relapses, increase safe mobility and improve emotional status. Medications, physical therapies, and assistive devices including orthotics, leg braces, canes and wheelchairs are also widely used.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and looking for assistive devices like custom leg braces or orthotics to help you regain your mobility and independence the experienced staff at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics can help. Please call or visit one of our 22 Michigan locations including Traverse City, Cadillac, Petoskey and Grand Rapids.