Medical Driving Evaluations

Driving with ALS

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 4, 2019 5:24:42 PM

Coming to terms with a diagnosis of ALS can be very difficult. ALS leads to progressive loss of muscle function, which can affect many aspects of life, including the ability to drive. 

However, just because you’ve been diagnosed with ALS doesn’t mean an immediate loss of your independence, whether on the road or throughout your life.

In this article, we’ll explore exactly what ALS is, how it affects your body, and how with the help of adaptive driving devices and occupational therapy you can safely extend your time driving.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical, medical driving, ALS

Driving with Arthritis

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 4, 2019 4:55:29 PM

Almost 40 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, a form of joint pain or stiffness that can make many daily tasks difficult and unpleasant, including driving. 

If pain in your hands, wrists, knees, hips, neck, back, or feet makes operating a vehicle difficult or impossible, it’s easy to feel like your independence, mobility, and freedom might be soon to follow. 

The good news is that there are many ways to take the pain out of driving and get you back on the road. In this article, we’ll touch on arthritis, the challenges that arise when you drive with joint pain, and some strategies to safely and confidently get behind the wheel.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical, medical driving, arthritis

Driving After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by Joan Cramer on Sep 4, 2019 4:31:47 PM

If you or a loved one are among the 2.8 million Americans who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) this year, it’s natural to wonder or even worry if driving is still a safe transportation option. Not to mention if you were injured in a car accident, one of the leading causes of TBI. 

On the other hand, the ability to drive can be very important to your mobility and freedom, especially if you have dependents who rely on you for transportation or require a vehicle to get to and from work. 

The good news is that for nearly 3 out of 5 people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, it is eventually possible to get back on the road through rehabilitation and adaptive driving devices, and for others, there are a growing number of available alternative transportation options.

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Topics: driver rehab, medical driving, brain injury

Driving with a Short Stature

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:24:30 AM

Driving with short stature can be a challenge, especially since cars tend to be designed for a certain average range of height. This can be a compounding issue the shorter you are, and can at times seem like an insurmountable obstacle to driving safely. 

Fortunately, there are vehicle modifications to accommodate drivers of any height.

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Topics: Safe driving, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical driving, short stature

Driving with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:18:58 AM

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, we don’t need to explain the challenges that this autoimmune disorder can pose in your life. 

Fortunately, for most sufferers of MS, a loss of independence through the ability to drive isn’t necessarily one of them. Despite the fact that multiple sclerosis can present some physical, visual, or cognitive deficits, most individuals are still able to effectively get behind the wheel and drive.

In this article, we’ll explore multiple sclerosis and how it can affect your ability to drive safely. Then, we’ll explore how with a little bit of help from adaptive equipment and some guidance from a certified driver rehabilitation specialist, you can safely and confidently continue driving.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, MS, multiple sclerosis

Driving After a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:14:56 AM

Adapting to life after a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a scary and difficult process for many reasons. Tasks that were simple before may be challenging or impossible now, which can lead to some very understandable feelings like you’ve lost independence or freedom. 

One major area that affects people recovering from an SCI is driving, which to many people represents a fundamental part of mobility and independence. However, thanks to adaptive driving equipment and training, thousands of people with SCIs have been able to relearn to drive and safely get back on the road, even with paraplegic or quadriplegic injuries.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical, medical driving, spinal cord, spine injury

Driving With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:11:23 AM

Learning to drive can be a challenge for anyone, but the reward of freedom, mobility, and independence can be life-changing. For individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), there can be additional challenges, but the resulting freedom and mobility can be just as empowering.

While over 70% of high school seniors have a driver’s license, this number drops to around 30% for those diagnosed with a form of autism. 

In some cases, drivers with autism may feel overwhelmed by the many tasks, rules, and considerations involved in driving. For others, concern from parents or loved ones may keep them from learning, while the young adult is ready to drive and eager to learn the skills of the road. 

In this article, we’ll discuss autism and how it can affect your child’s driving abilities. Then we’ll touch on some ways your child can prepare to drive with the help of a driving specialist, and reach a new level of mobility and independence.

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Topics: driver rehab, driving evaluations, autism, ASD, medical driving

Driving with Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Memory Loss

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 8:04:12 AM

Memory loss can be a daunting diagnosis that affects every ability of your life, including your ability to drive. Delayed reactions, a lack of concentration, impaired judgment, or sudden confusion can be difficult to deal with in general, and behind the wheel, they can be a dangerous combination. 

In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of memory loss, touch on how they affect your driving ability, and discuss some possible avenues of action.

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Topics: aging, health, elderly, memory loss, alzheimers, driver rehab, driving evaluations, medical

Driving As You Age

Posted by Joan Cramer on Aug 29, 2019 7:55:09 AM

It’s natural to feel a bit uncertain about your driving abilities as you age. Maybe you notice a few more close calls, more minor scrapes, and dents, or some difficulty navigating. Maybe friends and family are showing some concern for your safety when driving.

Aging is a natural part of life, but it can come with a gradual decline of the various skills, senses, and reflexes that help us drive safely. And while for many of us, driving is a big part of personal freedom and independence, that safety — both for us and others — is important.

In this article, we’ll explore what happens to your driving skills as you age, and also some ways to prolong your safe driving years.

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Topics: Safe driving, Adult, driver, aging, elderly

Driving After a Stroke

Posted by Joan Cramer on Mar 29, 2019 1:49:03 PM

The road to recovery after a stroke is challenging, and different for each person. And when it comes to driving, your past medical history, age, medical conditions, and severity of the stroke can all play a role in understanding how to work towards healing and hopefully getting back on the road. 

In this article, I'll talk about my experience as a Certified Driving Rehab Specialist, or CDRS, and my work with stroke patients as they’ve worked to return to driving, or found alternative transportation plans, after recovering from a stroke.

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Our Driver Rehabilitation program works with patients whose change in health may affect their ability to safely drive. We have a team of Certified Driving Rehab Specialists that will work with patients on evaluating your driving abilities. We also have a team of professional instructors to help you gain or regain the skills you need to drive. We created this blog to talk about the various diagnoses we experience and how they may affect your experience behind the wheel. 

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