Medical Devices are tools to help maintain or improve your quality of life. Some of these tools become indispensable in the course of the disease. Wheelchairs are the first example to come to mind. However, there are more “humble” contraptions that provide enormous help and improvement in life quality. The Reachers and Grabber Tools, and the walkers are such examples.
Devices can help with many aspects of daily life like assist with cough, reach objects, raise from a seated position, climb stairs, or assist to breath. We created a specific section about breathing devices to help the 2I community understand the technological differences between the several types of breathing device. The listing of devices that follows does not include devices already well described in numerous articles and websites (e.g. wheelchairs or walkers). It is rather intended to bring your attention to pioneering devices that may not be marketed directly to people with muscular dystrophy but that could prove useful in improving your movements. The LGMD2i Research Fund provides you the listing as a source of information to raise your awareness on the multiple options available to you. It does not mean the Fund approves or recommends the use of these devices.
If you are interested in learning about pioneering devices that are not in our listing, send an email to [email protected]
One important aspect of being affected by LGMD2I is the possibility that you will fall while being alone. Because it becomes impossible to raise from the floor or move from the place of the fall, it is very important that you carry at all time a mobile phone or any other device that allows you to call for help. With the advance in voice recognition technologies, you could set up your home so that you could activate your “voice assistant” from any room.
Breathing Devices – Explanation
LGMD2I is accompanied by respiratory complications. The diaphragm becomes weak and cannot pump air in and out of the lungs efficiently.
There are many types of breathing devices, some of which are more appropriate to individuals with LGMD2I. An explanation on the differences between several options is given here.
Devices to improve the quality of movement
It is the combination of apparel and robotics to enhance physical abilities and improve quality of motion. Originally designed for professionals who repetitively carry heavy loads and for the aging population…
Superflex Aura suit
Revolutionary knee braces that do more than just correct the alignment of the knees.