For some, taking a stroll in the park, driving to the corner store, or walking through a shopping center are typical day-to-day activities, but for others, these seemingly simple tasks are extreme challenges. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there are 2.3 million individuals worldwide living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. As this condition impacts the brain, central nervous system, and optic nerves, common symptoms include lack of coordination, poor balance, slurred speech, difficulty with concentration and memory, extreme fatigue, and distorted sensations. These symptoms can be unpredictable, with intermittent effects that persistently worsen over time.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is committed to bringing heightened awareness of the disease to improve the lives of those with MS and provide caretakers and loved ones with valuable resources to aid them on their journey. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) and its team of therapists are avid supporters of MS initiatives. From customizing treatment plans for patients with the disease to raising community awareness through fundraisers like Bike MS, SCPT continuously works to improve the lives of those living with MS. Over the past three decades, we have helped our MS patients to integrate physical therapy within their continuum of care, as they recover from relapse and improve speech, cognitive function, and mobility.
Speech-Language Pathology: A person’s ability to speak and swallow properly can be impacted by damage to the central nervous system, caused by MS. A speech-language pathologist can help to improve lucidity and ease of speech to enhance everyday communication and contribute to the treatment of difficulty swallowing, for better overall health.
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Many individuals with MS suffer from memory loss, mood swings, and challenges with concentration. Neuropsychologists can help patients cope with these effects and develop memory and reasoning strategies to improve cognitive performance and regain optimal function.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapists promote improved mobility and function through advanced techniques, using targeted exercises to strengthen weakened muscle groups and by implementing training to assist in walking. Physical therapists can also evaluate the need for mobility aids. With balance and coordination being two areas of significant concern for individuals with MS, physical therapists can help reduce the risk of falls and provide insight on how to configure furniture and appliances within the home for increased ease of movement.
It is SCPT’s hope that with organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and increased research and funding, we will someday live in a world free of MS. If you have additional questions about MS therapy, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us, today.