Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Approximately 400,000 people in the US and 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple sclerosis is a disease that involves the loss of myelin, the material that covers and protects the nerves in the central nervous system. MS symptoms vary from person to person, depending on which part of the nervous system is affected. Symptoms and structures that control movement, sensation, mental, and emotional processes can be affected. MS leads to multiple signs and symptoms which may include: fatigue that doesn’t improve with rest, difficulty walking, balance, stiffness and spasms or a feeling of heaviness in the legs and arms, bladder or bowel problems, pain, emotional or visual problems, dizziness, vertigo, speech and swallowing problems may occur. Each individual is affected differently from MS. Although there is no known cure for the disease, it can be successfully controlled with medical management and rehabilitation. Therapy can help to improve and maintain strength, flexibility, fitness, and improve overall function and quality of life. Call or stop into the clinic to speak to one of our therapists and see how we can help you or a loved one.