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Preserving Hand and Arm Function Is Vital for People With MS

Too much – too much – about multiple sclerosis (MS) focuses on our legs. The EDSS (Extended Disability Status Scale) assessment that many of us know as a way of measuring disability progression in general is in fact exclusively about our legs.

A test of how far we can walk (with or without assistance) and how fast we can go is often the way many MS neurology appointments begin.

In many cases, once someone has come forward to need a wheelchair to get around, insurance won’t cover items of treatment — physical therapy and occupational therapy, for example — because the paperwork limit has been exceeded.

Related: All about MS mobility aids

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