Over 400,000 people throughout the United States have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with 200 new cases emerging each week, according to The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. MS is classified as an immune-mediated condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system through the process of demyelination. When this occurs, the insulation that protects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord deteriorate. The damaged insulation creates scar tissue, which prevents nerve impulses from reaching the brain and spinal cord.
Patients with MS experience a variety of symptoms that include exhaustion, inflammation, muscle tightness, stiffness, and difficulty walking. Other common symptoms are:
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Muscle spasms
- Bladder problems
- Sharp pain
- Mood fluctuation
- Speech impediments
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
Fortunately for those who have MS in Atlanta, AICA Orthopedics offers physical therapy, which serves as a meaningful solution for managing the symptoms of MS, particularly after a relapse occurs. If you visit our clinic for treatment, our licensed physical therapists will look to evaluate your initial baseline of strength, coordination, balance, and endurance. They’ll follow through with a complete examination to understand the extent of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that’s customized to meet your specific needs. Some of the treatment solutions that may be used to support your symptoms include:
- A low-impact exercise routine
- Personal education
- Gait training – core strengthening techniques
- Upper and lower extremity exercises
- Cardiovascular training
- Shoe orthotics
- Assistive devices e.g. canes
Studies show that patients who develop a physical therapy program during the initial stages of MS can help improve minor changes to their walking ability and coordination, as well as reduce the frequency of symptoms.
Contact AICA Orthopedics For MS Relief
AICA Orthopedics provides physical therapy programs for patients with MS and serves as Atlanta’s most comprehensive pain management clinic. With on-site access to several imaging devices, a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists, and a robust portfolio of services, we have everything MS patients need to experience long-term relief. Contact us today to learn more about our approach to treating MS and to schedule your first appointment. Just dial (404) 855-2141 to speak with one of our friendly staff members.