According to the National Institutes of Health, multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is a neurological autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. Over time, a person with MS may lose function as their immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves, otherwise known as the myelin sheath. The resulting nerve damage disrupts communication between the patient’s brain and body, often leading to loss of function and mobility.
Multiple sclerosis may produce a variety of symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, impaired coordination, and the inability to walk independently or at all. MS affects individuals in varying ways and to varying degrees; symptoms, severity, and rate of progression may be different from person to person. Fortunately, some people suffer nearly no consequences from the disease while others may deal with chronic issues that greatly impact their quality of life.
In the case of those with severe effects, over-exertion can lead to disease advancement. With EksoNR, the therapist can uniquely program the device for increased dosage of steps which may lead to increased activity tolerance, improved functional outcomes, increased endurance, and a better quality of life. EksoNR is particularly beneficial for this population to support therapeutic goals and in early studies has been shown to provide improved outcomes in balance, coordination, endurance, gait quality, and quality of life!