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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) nerves.  Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated 77,000 Canadians living with the disease. The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin.  Myelin is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres.

Symptoms vary among individuals and can include extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment, and mood changes.  Physiotherapists provide a unique contribution to the management of people with MS through the improvement and maintenance of functional abilities and management of long term symptoms.

Benefits of Physiotherapy for Multiple Sclerosis?

  • Exercise prescription
  • Decrease pain and tension
  • Improve strength
  • Gait maintenance/re-training
  • Improve quality of life
  • Urinary incontinence management
  • Pacing strategies to manage fatique
  • Improve balance and coordination

How Can Donna Sarna Physiotherapy Help?

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed based on assessment findings.  Treatment may include myofascial release, stretching and strengthening exercises, balance and coordination activities, as well as education on energy management and conservation.  Assistance with pelvic floor dysfunction/urinary incontinence can be provided if needed.  We will work with you to re-teach or adapt movements, keep you active, and encourage your independence.

Clients do not require a doctor referral, however we work closely with your physician and other care providers.  Caregivers are welcome to attend appointments and assist in the rehabilitation program when appropriate.