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.