Physical Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis in Monmouth County

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). A fatty substance known as myelin coats the nerve fibers of the central nervous system in order to provide protection and insulation. Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which myelin is damaged in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue known as scleroses. This disrupts the nerves’ ability to send messages to and from the brain. In some cases, the nerve fibers may be damaged or broken.

The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis occur episodically and gradually worsen as neurological function progressively deteriorates. Relapses in symptoms usually occur without warning or triggering factors.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Virtually any neurological dysfunction can occur with Multiple Sclerosis; the list of possible symptoms can be significantly varied from patient to patient, and may include the following:

• Weakness and fatigue;

• Vision problems;

• Numbness;

• Pain;

• Depression or emotional issues;

• Cognitive difficulties (difficulty with memory, attention span, and problem solving);

• Dizziness or vertigo;

• Bladder or bowel dysfunction; and

• Difficulty walking due to decreased balance or coordination.

Physical Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

The overall goal of any physical therapy program is to help patients regain mobility and flexibility while building strength. Physical therapy is particularly relevant for Multiple Sclerosis patients because many have difficulty with mobility. Patients also may experience tightness, pain, or weakness in the muscles and joints; these symptoms can be alleviated with various physical therapy techniques.

It is important for Multiple Sclerosis patients to work with a physical therapist to create a program to strengthen the muscles, improve balance and coordination, and maintain and improve mobility issues. The biggest goal of physical therapy for Multiple Sclerosis is to help patients improve movement and function in order to relieve pain, enhance quality of life, and help patients to retain or regain independence.

Holistic Care for Multiple Sclerosis at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Holistic care seeks to treat the patient as a whole. Toward this end, Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers a wide variety of treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis, including physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy.

Our Red Bank, NJ facility, we incorporate many physical therapy techniques, including therapeutic exercise programs; low-level laser therapy; ultrasound technology; and electrotherapy. We also incorporate the use of PowerPlate technology, which has been proven in studies to help Multiple Sclerosis patients maintain or improve levels of functioning and performance.

A combination of physical therapy and chiropractic can help Multiple Sclerosis patients find relief from symptoms without the use of medications. This type of care can also be used well before an official diagnosis can be made (which often takes some time). Please contact our office or visit to learn more about physical therapy for Multiple Sclerosis in Monmouth County.