Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, auto-immune disorder within the central nervous system. MS affects neurons, the cells of the brain and spinal cord, that transport information and allow the brain to control the body. Multiple sclerosis symptoms may include the loss of muscle control, vision, balance and sensation. MS primarily affects adults between the ages of 20 and 40 and is more commonly found in women than men. Multiple sclerosis types include clinically isolated syndrome, (CIS), relapsed-remitting (RRMS), secondary progressive (SPMS) and primary progressive (PPMS).
Due to the types of multiple sclerosis and progression, an individual may require the use of mobility aids such as a cane, walker, leg brace, manual wheelchair or mobility scooter. Some MS patients require power mobility to complete Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as cooking, grooming, reaching and transferring. These patients may use a manual wheelchair for part of the day, but due to fatigue, require the use of a motorized wheelchair.
If you or a loved one have multiple sclerosis, Quantum can provide products to meet individual needs and maintain independence and mobility. An MS patient can be fitted with a power wheelchair base that is compatible with specific components that meet the patient’s mobility and quality-of-life needs. The power base should also be easily adaptable, due to the progressive nature of multiple sclerosis. The Edge 3 electric wheelchair is available with iLevel® power adjustable seat height, allowing users to drive at 4.5 mph while elevated so they can safely cross streets and parking lots. iLevel raises multiple sclerosis patients up to 12 inches, enabling them to complete MRADLs. The Edge 3 also comes standard with LED motorized wheelchair fender lights, allowing users to see and be safely seen.
With progressing multiple sclerosis symptoms, a patient may need power positioning on his or her power wheelchair to enhance comfort needs. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on electric wheelchairs are highly adjustable and offer an array of medical benefits, including pressure relief, increased sitting tolerance, independent repositioning and positioning for improved breathing and function. Available options on TRU-Balance® 3 include power tilt, power recline, iLevel, power articulating leg rests and power articulating foot platform.
Individuals with multiple sclerosis may benefit from Stealth Products® wheelchair cushions. Each cushion provides a different function, such as general use and skin protection and positioning.
If an individual has more severe multiple sclerosis symptoms, Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls may be beneficial. The control system is user-friendly and highly customizable, maximizing user independence. The optional iAccess component features programmable push button and toggle options. Patients with limited muscle control can more easily customize their seating.