Assistive Mobile Devices (Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders)
Assistive mobile devices are tools designed to improve the mobility and stability of persons who have difficulty moving independently.
Assistive mobile devices include canes, crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs. The devices are used to allow a person to continue to be mobile; otherwise the person may have difficulty moving about independently. A large variety of medical conditions may lead to the need for a mobility aid. A partial list includes:
- cerebral palsy
- multiple sclerosis
- brain or spinal cord injury
- Parkinson's disease
- muscular dystrophies (progressive muscle-weakening disorders)
- ataxias (group of disorders affecting balance and coordination)
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive disease causing muscle weakness
- trauma of the lower extremities, such as sprain or fracture
- leg or hip pain
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