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Occupational Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

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Occupational therapy can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) stay active in daily life. It can teach you how to improve skills, find new ways to complete tasks, or learn how to use handy equipment. That can make your everyday life easier and more enjoyable.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy?

Not everyone with MS will need this kind of therapy, but you might consider it if your symptoms make it hard to:

  • Be productive at home, work, or school
  • Have fun, including enjoying your hobbies and finding new ways to spend time
  • Take care of yourself, including dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating

How It Can Help

In general, an occupational therapist can help you find easier ways to:

  • Write
  • Cook and do chores at home
  • Eat
  • Do your job
  • Have fun and enjoy your hobbies
  • Bathe and use the toilet
  • Get dressed and groom yourself

She also can give you information on how to adjust your surroundings to suit your needs. She might suggest ways to alter your home, your car, or your computer to make them easier to use. She can also teach you how to use a cane, wheelchair, and other devices to help you get around.

Where Can I Find an Occupational Therapist for Multiple Sclerosis?

Ask your doctor to refer you to an occupational therapist. Insurance companies will usually pay for the service if the recommendation comes from your doctor.

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on May 31, 2015
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