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Occupational therapy can help people with multiple sclerosis stay active in daily life. By improving skills, teaching alternative ways to complete tasks, or introducing handy equipment, an occupational therapist can help people with MS perform everyday activities with greater ease and satisfaction.

Who Should Consider Occupational Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis?

Occupational therapy can be quite beneficial when symptoms of multiple sclerosis are hindering you from:

  • Being productive at home, work, or school
  • Having fun, such as enjoying pastimes and finding new ways to spend time
  • Performing self-care measures, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Multiple Sclerosis?

If you have multiple sclerosis, occupational therapy generally provides assessment, treatment, and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Arm and hand therapy
  • Handwriting aids
  • Home modification information
  • Driver evaluation and vehicle modification information
  • Cooking and homemaking adaptations
  • Eating and dinnerware adaptations
  • Computer modifications
  • Workplace or work equipment modifications
  • Leisure skill development
  • Manual or electric wheelchair use
  • Bathtub and toilet equipment use
  • Dressing and grooming aids

Where Can I Find an Occupational Therapist for Multiple Sclerosis?

Ask your health care provider for a referral to an occupational therapist for your multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Will My Insurance Pay for Occupational Therapy?

If you have MS, insurance companies will usually pay for occupational therapy if your doctor refers you to one.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on August 29, 2012
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