Multiple Sclerosis may affect driving ability
September 26, 2017
At Siskin Hospital, we get a lot of phone calls from people with multiple sclerosis wondering if their disability will keep them from driving, and if there is anything they can do about it.
Often, there are several strategies available to them, says Lisa McLemore, who oversees Siskin Hospital’s Driving Evaluation Program.
“The vast majority of the time, we have good news and good options to offer,” she says.
MS affects coordination, balance, and vision. Muscles can become stiff, weak, spastic and painful, making it hard to grip the steering wheel or push the gas pedal. In addition, fatigue, memory loss, disorientation, and loss of physical sensation make driving much more difficult.
You can find some simple fixes to MS-related driving challenges in a recent U.S.News & World Report article, along with strategies to use to make your driving forays less complicated. Also, there’s a description of driving evaluation programs, like the one at Siskin Hospital, that can assess your abilities and initiate compensatory skills and awareness. Like many other health conditions, however, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.