Multiple sclerosis progression varies from person to person. And, the various MS types of disease progress in different ways, too. Scans and other multiple sclerosis tests don't always tell the whole story about MS disability; signs and symptoms and how well you are functioning each day -- from seeing to moving to thinking -- are also important measures of how well your central nervous system is working.
That's why a variety of tools are useful in assessing multiple sclerosis disability. These help...
A physical therapist can help you learn exercises and stretches to do at home to improve posture, strength, flexibility, and endurance.
A physical or occupational therapist can also help you to:
Plan more efficient movements for daily living activities (such as bathing and dressing) so that these activities are easier and less tiring.
Improve balance and walking.
Use walking aids (such as canes or walkers) correctly.
There are also seated exercises for the person who cannot walk but can move
the limbs and trunk. There are exercises to help with coordination and balance,
which are often a problem for people who have MS.
Abnormal muscle stiffness (spasticity) can
be relieved by doing exercises while lying in certain positions.