Multiple sclerosis is a disease that involves the loss of myelin, the material that covers and protects the nerves in the central nervous system. Without myelin, nerves are unable to communicate properly with each other. Often, one of the first signs of MS is change in vision. Nearly all individuals with MS report difficulty walking, and other body movements. MS effects each individual differently. 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. Fluctuating symptoms of MS can come and go, and the disease may go into remission. Individuals with MS are at 70% higher risk for depression than an individual without MS. Your healthcare team, including your doctors and therapists will work with you to improve overall quality of life and reach your goals for living an active and productive lifestyle. Your physical therapist will develop a specific exercise program and plan of care tailored to meet your goals. Following a diagnosis of MS, physical therapy can help to possibly slow down the progression of symptoms of the disease. Physical therapists help people diagnosed with MS regain and maintain strength, flexibility, function, and overall quality of life. At McCook Therapy and Wellness we are dedicated to assisting in your rehabilitation process. Call or stop into the clinic to speak to one of our therapists and see how we can help you or a loved one.