Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that primarily affects young adults and usually progresses over time. Effects vary widely and there is currently no known cure for the disease. However, with treatment, it can be managed. Physical therapists help people with MS regain and maintain strength, flexibility, and general fitness, and to live active, productive lives.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the body’s immune system directs repeated inflammatory attacks on the central nervous system. These attacks destroy the covering of the nerves, called myelin, as well as the nerves themselves. This damage prevents the nerves from properly carrying signals throughout the body, which can cause a whole host of symptoms depending on where the nerves are impacted.
Symptoms can vary greatly between individuals and can include periods of remission and relapses. Common MS symptoms include:
To receive an MS diagnosis, the following criteria need to be met:
Ruling out other conditions: Strokes, tumors, or other neurologic diseases can cause similar symptoms and must be ruled out.
Physical therapy can help support and maintain movement abilities for someone living with MS. To ensure you receive proper treatment, our physical therapists will get a thorough medical history, and do an exam to determine impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Afterward, they’ll use the information to construct a plan to help you reach your goals. This comprehensive plan can include:
Physical therapy can be a beneficial part of any Multiple Sclerosis treatment plan, and the skilled therapists at IMPACT Physical Therapy can develop a personalized plan for your goals and needs. Request an appointment today to speak with one of our physical therapists!