Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the myelin sheath encasing neurons in the central nervous system (CS) is destroyed by auto-reactive T-cells. The exposed neurons do not move electrical signals encoding vital information as efficiently, slowing motor function and cognitive ability.

Assistive Devices

Challenged by a wide variety of physical, mental, and psychological symptoms associated with MS, a patient often faces a decline in their quality of life. Assistive devices for MS patients help with many functions of daily life – from walking without fear of falling to seeing more clearly. Among scores of assistive devices, many are on the retail market:

  • SafeGait 360 Balance and Mobility Trainer (Gorbel Medical)
  • L300 for Foot Drop (Bioness)
  • Ekso wearable lower extremity exoskeleton (Ekso Bionics)
  • Lokomat functional robotic gait therapy (Hocoma)
  • RT 300: Lower Extremity Cycling (Restorative Therapies)
  • Lido Workset for assessing motor function and spasticity
  • ReWalk 6.0, a motorized exoskeleton suit (ReWalk)
  • LoFric Primo for clean intermittent catheterization (Wellspect Healthcare)
  • OkuStim for decreased vision due to ocular trauma (Okuvision)

Other devices currently testing in clinical trials to assure effectivenes for patients with MS are already available for purchase:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for fatigue-related obstructive sleep apnea
  • Controlled whole-body vibration training for preventing falls (Galileo Med L)
  • pro5 AIRdaptive Power Plate for whole-body vibration (Badhoevedorp)
  • EMPI 300 PV Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator
  • Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer
  • Anklebot
  • Soterix 1×1 tDCS mini-CT Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Ankle foot orthoses
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • HapticMaster robotics-based self-adapting arm training system
  • Wii Fit Balance Board as a low-cost means to assess disease progression
  • H-coil for repetitive deep transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Lumosity Computerized Cognitive Training (Lumos Labs)
  • All Phase of Step Cycle Kit

Medication-Related Devices

Standard therapies for MS include different formulations of small-molecule drugs and proteins. While some medications are taken orally, some are administered by injection. A variety of injectors exist for administering medications:

  • RebiSmart, Rebidose, and Rebiject II Devices for Rebif medication
  • BETACONNECT Device for BETASERON medication
  • Avonex Single-Use Autoinjector for Avonex medication
  • Autoject 2 for Copaxone medication

For patients who need help keeping tack of medications, this additional device is also helpful:

  • Medication Event Monitoring System to record when patients take Tecfidera medication

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