10 Types of Assistive Devices for MS

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When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and impaired vision can interfere with your daily life. Assistive devices are tools designed to overcome these obstacles. The tools range from electric can openers and easy-to-hold combs to sophisticated computer aids and specially adapted vans. But all share a common purpose: making your life easier.

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