Muscle sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease. In simple words, during the course of this disease, the protective coverings of the nerve cells get damaged which affects the normal functioning of the brain and the spinal cord. The symptoms of this disease differ from person to person but a few common ones include - numbness and tingling, weakness, muscle pain and vision problems. Muscular sclerosis for some patients can be aggressive and can advance quickly, whereas for others it can be mild and progress slowly. Whatever may be the case, physiotherapy can be an effective form of treatment to reduce the discomfort of patients and release pain. Every year countless patients opt for multiple sclerosis physiotherapy treatments. Let’s discuss the role of physiotherapy in treating this serious condition.
Based on the condition of the patient, and the symptoms they display, physiotherapists design a treatment plan for the patient. For example, if a patient suffers from muscle spasms, balance problems and limited range of motion, then the physiotherapist would prescribe stretching exercises and a systematic fitness program to improve muscle strength and limb movements. To tackle with balance problems, specialized tips would be given to walk properly and prevent from falling. The whole aim of multiple sclerosis physiotherapy treatments is to teach the patient self-management skills. Tough there would be family members and other people to take care of the patient, physiotherapists strive to make these patients self-sufficient. As this nerve degenerative disease progresses, it tends to affect the ability of the person to do his/her daily activities. Physiotherapists strategically and methodically deal with these issues and teach patients to work around them.
The role of physiotherapy differs at every stage of muscular sclerosis. At the time of diagnosis, a physiotherapist will be able to evaluate the condition of the patient and enlighten him about their current abilities and the possible limitations in the future. This evaluation will form the basis for the initial treatment.
When a patient experiences a relapse in multiple sclerosis, then he will have to get back to their initial form of treatment or if the physiotherapist alters the treatment plan, then he will be required to adhere to it. Other stages where a physiotherapy treatment will be required are during progressive multiple sclerosis and advanced multiple sclerosis.
To know more about the benefits of physiotherapy for treating patients with muscular sclerosis, get in touch with the experts at InHome Physical Therapy and Massage.