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While the illness currently has no known cure, physical therapy for multiple sclerosis can help to manage the disease and improve quality of life. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive condition. MS happens when my...
While the illness currently has no known cure, physical therapy for multiple sclerosis can help to manage the disease and improve quality of life.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive condition. MS happens when myelin (which is a covering on the nerves) deteriorates. When this happens it causes the central nervous system to not function properly. This leads to trouble controlling muscle movement, impaired vision, difficulty walking, and other physical impairments.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may include::
Trouble with walking
Difficulty with balancing
Fatigue that does not improve with rest
Heavy feeling in arms and/or legs
Tingling or numbness
Pain in muscles
Trouble with talking or swallowing
Bladder or bowel issues
MS may affect different people differently. There are different types of multiple sclerosis. An MRI can diagnose damage to the body’s central nervous system, which may indicate MS.
While there is not a known cure, there are things you can do to manage the disease. Working with a physical therapist is one way to help improve quality of life for those living with this condition. Research has proven physical therapy has benefits for those with multiple sclerosis.
During an initial consultation, your physical therapist will complete an exam and ask you about any limitations you may be experiencing. Your physical therapist will want to know:
What has become difficult for you?
Where are you noticing restrictions in abilities?
Physical therapy offers patients a chance to maintain and improve muscle function, while living with MS. Physical therapists can help patients with strength, flexibility, overall fitness and remain active and productive as much as possible, helping to improve the quality of life.
Physical therapy focuses on improving quality of life in the following ways:
Maintain or improve function of every day tasks
Tailor an exercise program to you, specific to your goals
Provide education to help you manage the condition
Teach proper use of assistive devices if needed
Improve strength and stamina
Prevent symptoms from worsening
Help you know what to expect
Treatment options may include exercise, a home exercise program, muscle strengthening, aquatic therapy, tai chi, and/or yoga.
If you have begun to experience symptoms of multiple sclerosis or have been recently diagnosed with MS, contact the team at Above and Beyond Physical Therapy to learn more about how physical therapy for multiple sclerosis can help you to improve your quality of life.
Contact us today.