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Physical Therapy and MS
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Fri, 3/04/2011 3:14 PM
Physical therapy can help manage multiple sclerosis symptom management. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord.  The result may be the loss of muscle control, vision impariment, and balance and sensation loss.  The damage is caused by one's own immune system.

A build up of scar tissue develops in areas of the brain and spinal cord. The scar tissue forms because the protective covering, myelin, over the nerves is destroyed.  The information from the brain and spinal cord that travels along these nerves is disrupted and see the symptoms of multiple sclerosis develop.


Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.


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