Multiple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, degenerative neurological disease most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20-40. Physiotherapy provides a range of benefits for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), from improving physical health to enhancing quality of life.

 

What are the symptoms?

Typically, MS involves a series of relapses and prognosis is unpredictable. Problems with balance, fatigue and spasticity are common in the condition.

 

How physio can help

Physiotherapists can contribute to alleviating the symptoms of MS through working with the patient to improve and maintain functional abilities and manage long term symptoms. Physiotherapists provide rehabilitation programs (including exercise programs to improve the health and well-being of people with MS) and facilitate self management to help reduce the impact of the disease on quality of life.

Physiotherapy intervention and advice early after diagnosis can reduce the impact that the disease has on health, and physiotherapy should be delivered within a multidisciplinary specialist team/service where regular evaluation and assessment can be provided. Multidisciplinary rehabilitation can improve levels of activity and participation levels of people with MS.

 

Author:

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia

 

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