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Physical Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Physical Therapy in Ronkonkoma

Physical Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the nervous system that interferes with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. MS varies from person to person, depending on the location of the affected nerve fibers. Permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves can result over time for those with MS. MS can also result in permanent disability and there is unfortunately no cure. However, there are things that can be done to manage MS. Physical therapy for multiple sclerosis has been shown to be effective in improving the quality of life for many. If you’re interested, consider contacting United Rehab Physical Therapy for further assessment.

Physical Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Due to the fact that MS affects everyone differently and the disease changes over time, a physical therapist must create a custom treatment plan that can be adjusted as the disease progresses. The role of physical therapy in MS patients is to help improve physical functioning, independence, safety, and the overall quality of life. At United Rehab Physical Therapy in Ronkonkoma, a physical therapist will work with an MS patient and provide them with encouragement, emotional support, instruction, and education. A successful physical therapy program for MS will include:

  • Education of both patient and caregivers about MS symptoms and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms at home.

  • Implementation of an exercise program to address and reduce symptoms.

  • Introduction of aids and equipment for at-home use to enhance mobility.

  • Physical therapy interventions that target specific symptoms and impairments.

  • Identification of community resources that assist the patient as well as support them and their goals.

In addition, a physical therapist must make a complete assessment of the MS patient and their specific symptoms before creating a physical therapy regimen that is right for them. At United Rehab Physical Therapy in Ronkonkoma, a physical therapist will assess medical history, medication, and most impactful symptoms. A physical therapist will conduct a walking test, observing how quickly the patient can walk 25 feet, or how far they can walk in a 2 to 6-minute time frame. After assessing the specific disabilities and impairments of the patient, the physical therapist can implement a physical therapy option, including:

  • Exercise programs - Exercise programs for an MS patient may include stretching, balance training, strengthening, and aerobic training. A physical therapist could assign the use of a treadmill, rowing machine, or stationary bike for some of the exercises. The goal of a good exercise program would be to improve mobility and allow for the performance of daily activities.

  • Aquatic therapy - Aquatic therapy can assist someone with MS by exercising to increase activity. The pool temperature is important in helping to maintain a core body temperature during exercise as well as in supporting the body.

  • Strengthening - Often included in exercise therapy programs, general strengthening can be helpful in improving the strength of the arms and legs for someone with MS. It may also include stretching, balance training, and relaxation techniques and it can result in improved balance and walking ability.

  • Yoga or tai chi - Both Yoga and Tai chi can be helpful in improving breath work, flexibility, and strength. These techniques for relaxation and meditation allow for deep breathing and low-intensity exercises for those suffering from MS.

We Can Help

If you are looking for physical therapy in Ronkonkoma for someone suffering from MS, United Rehab Physical Therapy might just be the place for you. At United Rehab PT, we understand how difficult it can be to watch someone you love to experience the symptoms of a disease like MS. Let us help you ease both their pain and yours through our unique, extensive physical therapy techniques for treating MS symptoms. Contact us today for more information about our physical therapy options for MS.

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