As we prepare to move into National Physical Therapy Month, it is a good time review how physical therapy can help someone with MS. As many have experienced, the symptoms of MS can affect your ability to move around. You may be experiencing tightness, pain, and weakness, especially in the muscles and joints. This is where physical therapy may help. An article in WebMD explains:
Physical therapy cannot cure the primary symptoms of MS (such as weakness, tremors, tingling, numbness, loss of balance, vision impairment, paralysis, and bladder or bowel dysfunction), but therapy can enable you to compensate for the changes brought about by MS. These "compensatory treatments," as they're called, include learning about new movement techniques, strategies, and equipment.
Physical therapy can also be very helpful at lessening secondary symptoms of MS. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. Many of these exercises can be performed at home. The goal of physical therapy is to improve your independence and quality of life by improving movement and function and relieving pain.
Physical therapy can help with:
Lack of coordination
Many hospitals offer outpatient physical therapy services. However, you may need to get a doctor's order to be seen in physical therapy. If you feel you can benefit from physical therapy, ask your doctor for a referral.
Treatments in physical therapy often can be completed in one to three office visits. The first appointment includes an evaluation and recommendations for exercises. The following appointments check your progress and review and expand your home program.
Most hospitals can provide additional sessions of outpatient physical therapy if a physical therapist is needed to attain an expected improvement in function.
To learn more about physical therapy, visit http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Default.aspx
source: The MSFYi newsletter