What causes people battling multiple sclerosis (MS) to experience difficulty walking?
MS is categorized by an intermittent decline in several neurologic functions. It is the disturbance in these neurological functions that causes problems with walking.
The information that the brain is supposed to get from the body is interrupted. For example; if the legs (body) wants to take a step and the brain does not receive that message (due to the interruption) the person is likely to fall.
With MS there is often a notable decrease with an individual’s walking ability (also known as gait) which includes the following:
- Speed at which someone with MS walks (slower)
- Walking stamina
- Step length
- Walking rhythm
- Joint motion (joint motion can affect all the above)