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Managing Multiple Sclerosis Through Rehabilitation

Managing Multiple Sclerosis Through Rehabilitation

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, neurologic disease. MS affects the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. The clinical course of MS typically includes relapses (worsening of old symptoms or emergence of new symptoms) and remissions (periods when symptoms improve). Symptoms vary by individual but can include:

  • walking and balance difficulties
  • fatigue and weakness
  • muscle stiffness or spasms
  • pain and other sensory changes
  • vision problems
  • dizziness or vertigo
  • speech and swallowing issues
  • thinking and memory deficits
  • urinary and sexual dysfunction

Rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis

Whether symptoms are mild or severe, research shows everyone with MS can benefit from rehabilitation. Therapy should begin at the time of diagnosis and occur in regular bouts throughout life.

Rehabilitation (or rehab) is focused on improving all levels of function that may have been changed or lost (following a relapse, for example) and maintaining optimal function. The goal of rehabilitation is always to maximize your independence and participation in everyday life.

Learn more about receiving care for MS at Allied Services.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a free guide to Managing Multiple Sclerosis through Rehabilitation which is available for download here.