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Very weak arm for driving, please help.

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a good morning so far.

I currently drive a hand control car and am finding my left arm is getting weaker and weaker. My arm causes a lot of pain while driving to the point I feel like I can’t hold the knob on the steering wheel which is like a searing shooting pain until I let go. My arm even gets tired when I am drying my hair trying to straighten it.

I would appreciate any advice that may help strengthen my arm so that I have stronger muscles. I really need to drive to work and get around and would hate to lose control over another thing in my life.

Thank you

Love

Martina x

Hi Martina Have you tried doing any strength exercises? There are ones particularly for the arms, its worth a shot but give them time to work. Good luck if you do try them. Mini x

Could you swap the hand controls over so that the weak left arm was operating the brake/accelerator and the stronger right arm operating the knob on the steering wheel! I have hand controls myself and am sure this would be possible. Also ask if there are any other hand controls that might help make things easier for you. Cheryl:-)

I now no longer drive but when I did I was sent from an assessment at the Ashley Ainsley Hospital in Edinburgh (I’m in Glasgow) there is all sorts of adaptions they can make to a car to enable someone to continue to drive. I’m sure there must be some kind of driving assessment centre near you.

Michael

Hi

Am having the same problem since having a relapse on my right arm , havent drove for 2 months, just hopeing my arm keeps improving so am able to drive again soon

Hi guys,

Thank you for replying and sorry for my late reply. I am going to try and do arm exercises every day if I can and see how I get on but I know I am definitely worse if I am attempting to drive somewhere I am not sure of the direction! I will also contact a driving assessment center if my arm does not improve through exercise.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Martina xxx

Hi guys,

Thank you for replying and sorry for my late reply. I am going to try and do arm exercises every day if I can and see how I get on but I know I am definitely worse if I am attempting to drive somewhere I am not sure of the direction! I will also contact a driving assessment center if my arm does not improve through exercise.

I hope you all have a lovely day.

Martina xxx