Managing Multiple Sclerosis

5 Aug, 2019

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease characterised by the destruction of myelin – the fatty tissue surrounding the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. When myelin is destroyed the nerves are unable to send electrical signals efficiently, making it harder for the brain to communicate with the rest of the body leading to a wide variety of signs and symptoms.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulties with walking
  • Coordination problems
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Spasticity
  • Weakness
  • Vision problems
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Vertigo
  • Bladder problems
  • Bowel problems
  • Pain
  • Cognitive changes
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Emotional changes

During the early stages of MS, people may experience minimal changes to their function. As the disease progresses, it can impact on their ability to complete activities of daily living independently and they may require assistance.

Due to inflammation in the central nervous system, exacerbations can occur causing existing symptoms to worsen, or the development of new symptoms.

How can we help?

Allied Health Practitioners such as Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists can help manage the symptoms of MS in the following ways:

  • Improve function through strength, endurance, and balance training
  • Maximise independence with activities of daily living
  • Provide carer education and training
  • Provide strategies to conserve energy
  • Determine the need for assistive devices
  • Determine the need for environmental modification
  • Provide strategies to prevent contractures and pressure injuries
  • Refer to other health care professionals as required

If you or someone you know may be suffering signs of MS, give us a call at Gen Physio. We have a friendly and dedicated team of professionals who are here to make a positive impact in the lives of our clients. All of our clinicians are mobile and will come to you to provide a consultation. Reach us on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.

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