According to the National MS Society, Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Within the CNS, the immune system causes inflammation that damages myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves, and the specialized cells that make myelin. When nerve fibers and/or myelin are damaged in MS, signals within the CNS are altered or stopped completely. This can result in a variety of symptoms including but not limited to weakness, imbalance, dizziness, visual issues, spasticity, numbness, tingling, and cognitive issues.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy is an integral part of how many people manage their MS. Following a comprehensive examination to determine your individual presentation, physical therapy helps to improve strength, flexibility, balance, transfers, walking, and to manage spasticity. PT can also play a role in improving function and independence as well as reducing fall risk. Our team can help you with improving walking, balance, and safety with daily movements. Also, if your needs change, we are with you on your journey and can instruct you how to use assistive equipment such as canes and other devices. For more information, please call our office schedule an appointment.