Multiple Sclerosis: Walking The Walk With Better Therapies

Within 15 years of their diagnosis, approximately half of the individuals who have multiple sclerosis need assistance with walking; using a walker, cane or other assistive devices. In most cases, this is due to balance issues or muscle weakness, or other symptoms including; vision problems, pain or fatigue.

However, that doesn’t mean that people with multiple sclerosis need to give up on being able to get around on their own. In fact, there are several steps that MS suffers can take to maintain their mobility for as long as they can. Here are some things that can help you stay mobile:

Physical Therapy

A physical therapists job is to thoroughly look at the body’s ability to function and move, once that is determined they look for ways to compensate or strengthen the problem.

Physical therapy for an individual with MS can include a treatment program of stretches and exercises, and learning how to use walking aids such as; crutches, canes, wheelchairs and scooters. The whole idea is to ensure that you are safe while at the same time, restoring confidence in your balance and legs.

Botox to Reduce Spasticity

Botox is a neurotoxin that blocks the connections between targeted nerves and muscles temporarily. When Botox is used to help MS sufferers its primary objective is to decrease spastic muscles by weakening them so that the weaker muscles can function.

The injections must be performed by trained medical professionals, like the medical staff at Jade Cosmetic Clinic; who specialise in Botox North Queensland. Botox results normally last for about three months; thus injections are repeated when necessary to maintain the desired effect.

Occupational Therapy

Although Occupational Therapy is a separate discipline from Physical Therapists, the goals of both are mostly the same: increasing safety, quality of life and independence during regular activities like family life, hobbies, work and personal care.

To help with walking, occupational therapists often work with physical therapists to help individuals with MS use assistive devices and to make things more manageable at home.

Therapists often do house visits to conduct a home evaluation and provide advice on what they can do to make their homes more accessible compatible and safer with their needs and limitations.

Aerobic Exercise

A customised exercise program customised to the needs of the individual can help improve strength, endurance, energy levels and balance. While the types of exercises varying from person to person, those aimed at improving walking tend to focus on maintaining muscle strength in the legs.