Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that attacks the immune system and myelin sheath of the central nervous system. People with MS can typically experience one of four disease progressions, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.
People with this type of MS experience noticeable exacerbations, or flare ups, that are followed by recovery periods [either partial or complete], during which the disease does not progress. This is the most common form that most people are initially diagnosed with.
This type of MS occurs with a slow decline in neurologic function from the beginning, with no obvious symptoms of flare-ups, or recovery. A minimal amount of people are diagnosed with primary-progressive MS.
Following an initial period of relapsing-remitting MS, many people develop a secondary-progressive disease course in which the disease worsens more steadily, with minor recoveries. Before the disease-modifying medications became available, more than half of the people with relapsing-remitting MS developed this form of the disease within 10 years.
This is the rarest form of MS. This form of MS continues to progressively get worse, but still have exacerbations that cause the neurologic function to decline along the way. They may or may not experience some recovery following these exacerbations, but the disease continues to progress without recovery.
Physical Therapy can allow for secondary symptoms of MS to decrease or be non-existent. Physical therapy can help with balance issues, fatigue, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, and posture all due to symptoms of MS. Physical therapy treatment can allow you learn new activities to compensate for inabilities caused by MS. Activities performed are those that include strengthening and stretching muscles, and teaching the patient to do the same. Since no two people have exactly the same experience of MS, the treatment is guided on an individual basis.
We treat patients with MS in the 34711 area!