What is the role of physical therapy in the management of multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Physical therapists provide assessment of gross motor skills (eg, ambulation) and assessment and training in appropriate assistive devices to improve mobility in patients with MS. They evaluate and train the patient in appropriate exercise programs to decrease spasticity, maintain range of motion, strengthen muscles, and improve coordination. They also provide invaluable input into the prescription of appropriate seating systems for the nonambulatory patient.


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