Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that causes the body’s immune system to abnormally attack the covering of the nerve cells, called myelin. This causes scarring and decreases the nerves’ ability to transmit signals properly. MS is categorized by bouts of activity, with periods of minimal to no activity, depending on the different type of MS you may be suffering from. Symptoms can vary person to person dramatically, as different parts of the brain, spinal cord, or peripheral nerves are affected, making no two cases alike.
Common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include:
- Numbness or tingling in the face, body, or extremities.
- Dizziness or vertigo.
- Walking difficulties.
- Loss of balance.
- Bladder and bowel problems.
- Emotional/cognitive changes.
Multiple Sclerosis requires a multidisciplinary approach with medical and rehabilitation management. The goal of helping Multiple Sclerosis is to decrease the severity of symptoms, make adaptive changes, both physically and in the patient’s lifestyle, and to cope with the progression of the disease. Fatigue management and temperature management are critical components of managing MS.
How does physical therapy help with Multiple Sclerosis?
The rehabilitation process is critical to those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Physical therapy helps to address weakness, range of motion loss, balance issues, transfers, and walking. Physical therapy can help significantly in improving function and independence in a person living with Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, our physical therapists can help you with improving walking, balance, and safety with daily movements. Furthermore, as needs change, we will be with your family member every step of the way to teach them how to use assistive equipment, such as canes and other devices.
Contact Comber Physical Therapy and Fusion Chiropractic today:
We know how challenging Multiple Sclerosis can be. At Comber Physical Therapy and Fusion Chiropractic, our main goal is to help your loved one keep as much of their function and independence as possible. We want to help them progress and reach new goals throughout their physical therapy journey.
If you or a loved one is living with MS, don’t hesitate to contact our Williamsburg, VA physical therapy offices today. We’ll set up the best treatment plan for you or your family member’s needs.