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Coltman Drives Independence for Persons with ALS

September 26, 2018

By Gabrielle de Coster

“I am the old man in the wheelchair world,” jokes Brian Coltman, ATP/SMS, CRTS, who is the mobility specialist for the University of Michigan Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic.

The “wheelchair world” is the seating and mobility industry, where Coltman said he has catered to patients with complex rehabilitation equipment needs for 38 years. For individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, walkers and wheelchairs can help individuals conserve energy and retain mobility.

Dr. Goutman and Coltman took part in an ALS Association Facebook Live event on September 6, during which they detailed how power wheelchairs can be modified to suit the needs of each individual patient. Watch the replay.

“It makes a tremendous difference in people’s lives: keeping them healthy and extending their quality of life for the greatest period of time I can,” Coltman said.

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