How Can Physical Therapy Help Patients With Multiple Sclerosis?

January 18, 2016 | Pain Management
How Can Physical Therapy Help Patients With Multiple Sclerosis?

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, physical therapy can help you live an independent, pain-free lifestyle. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the myelin tissue surrounding and insulating nerve fibers. Nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted, and symptoms such as weakness in arms and legs, loss of balance, problems with mobility, dizziness or vision problems can occur.

Physical therapy can provide supervised, controlled exercises that are simple and gradual. Benefits include:

  1. Controlled posture and balance to minimize risk of falls
  2. Independence with walking aids
  3. Correction of joint and muscle stiffness
  4. Restoration of muscle tone

MS patients tend to fatigue quickly. Physical therapists will design an exercise plan to be intermittent to prevent sudden pain and discomfort. Physical therapy plays a very important role through all the phases of MS. The doctors at NewSouth Neurospine are here to help you live a more pain-free life, even with Multiple Sclerosis.