The benefits of physical therapy for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which nerve damage affects the brain and spine in patients. In a patient diagnosed with MS, the nerve damage done by the disease affects the necessary communication between the brain and the body.
Patients with MS experience the following symptoms:
• Muscle weakness
• Severe cramping and pain, particularly in the back or in the eyes
• Loss of balance
• Increased involuntary movements
While there is not one primary cause for MS, it is believed that genetics play a role in the potential development of MS in patients; that is, if MS runs in your family, you are more at risk to develop the disease.
How can physical therapy benefit patients with MS?
Physical therapy can greatly help patients with MS live with a better quality of life. Physical therapists work closely with patients to develop a targeted plan to maintain balance and regain any lost muscle strength. Physical therapists can also assist an MS patient utilize aids, such as a cane or wheelchair if necessary.
If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.