New treatment helps with MS

Posted 7/19/10

While watching the “TODAY Show,” Claudia Curry Hill saw the opportunity to change her life. Twenty-two years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple …

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New treatment helps with MS


While watching the “TODAY Show,” Claudia Curry Hill saw the opportunity to change her life.

Twenty-two years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS took her ability to walk and she was looking for a treatment to help her stay mobile. As she watched the morning show, she found the treatment she needed to not only stay mobile, but to actually walk again.

She was introduced to the NESS L300 Foot Drop System. It is a program that uses electric stimulation to help people with neurological problems walk normally. It sends electrical signals through the leg to the foot which then signalizes the muscles to move.

The device is worn in three parts. The first part is the stimulation leg cuff, and it is worn just below the knee. It contains two electrodes to stimulate the muscle, one goes over the muscle and the other goes over the nerve. The muscles respond to the electrodes, which actually move the foot on and off the ground for walking.

The second part is the gait sensor and it attaches to the shoe and is worn underneath the heel of the foot. The gait sensor lets the leg cuff know when the heel is on and off the ground. The third part is a handheld remote, which allows a person to adjust the level of stimulation and to turn the device on and off. It can be worn around the neck attached to a lanyard, or in a person’s pocket.

Hill knew right away the NESS L300 was right for her. She immediately searched for a facility in Colorado that carried the device and came across the Wellness Center at Life Care Center of Littleton. Physical therapist Disa Wennerstrand at the center worked with people using the device and provided the therapy people need to be successful with the NESS L300.

So for the past year Hill has worked with Wennerstrand using the NESS L300 and has improved her walking ability. She no longer drags her foot when she walks and is able to walk for longer periods of time. Wennerstrand said Hill had a great response to the device and can even move her foot a little bit on her own.

“Claudia has done great with this treatment,” Wennerstrand said. “It really has improved her quality of life.”

Wennerstrand said most MS patients respond well to the treatment, but other patients with neurological problems also can use the treatment. She said stroke patients and surgery patients left with neurological damage can benefit from the NESS L300.

“MS patients do great with the treatment because even though some of their neurological pathways have been effected, not all of them have,” she said. “They still have some pathways intact and the treatment taps into those pathways.”

Hill credits the NESS L300 for getting her life back. She can do activities she used to do before the loss of her walking ability.

“I am able to travel again and I can go shopping again,” she said. “It really has given me so many more opportunities. And now my goal is to go hiking.”

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