Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord resulting in impairments of movement, balance and walking.
Symptoms of MS are diverse and vary significantly from one person to another. They are often unpredictable and disruptive to daily living and for this reason it is a challenging condition that requires input from all team member with neurophysiotherapy specialising in the treatment of movement difficulties and mobility.
Many of these symptoms can respond to Physiotherapy input.Ideally seeing a neurophysiotherapist early on diagnosis gives you the opportunity to discuss your care and plan a program to address your needs. Expect a detailed assessment to be carried out as this is essential to understand how MS affects you.
A recent profiling study of people with M.S. in Ireland was undertaken at the request of M.S. Ireland, whose members valued Physiotherapy as an integral part of their management but complained of the lack of input. The findings were surprising and supported their complaint that the amount of Physiotherapy they received was low.
A larger study is currently underway in Ireland looking at the importance and value of exercise with Multiple sclerosis. “Getting the Balance Right” programme which you may have heard of or taken part in. The results are extremely positive and support evidence that structured exercise programs can improve many of the physical impairments that we as physiotherapists treat – weakness, balance, functional limitations.