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Symptom: Ataxia

Treatment

Interventions:

  • Referral to PT: mobility aids; exercise

Psychosocial Implication

Resistance to use of mobility aids:

  • Perceptions of self: damaged; weak; “giving in” to MS

  • Others’ perceptions: less intelligent; less competent

Symptom: Weakness

Treatment

Interventions:

  • Referral to PT: mobility aids; exercise

Medications:

  • dalfampridine (.pdf) (FDA-approved for this use) to improve walking speed

Psychosocial Implication

Resistance to use of mobility aids:

  • Perceptions of self: damaged; weak; “giving in” to MS
  • Others’ perceptions: less intelligent; less competent

Resources for clinicians

Resources for patients

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