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Occupational Therapy for MS Patients

September 14, 2015

Multiple sclerosis definitely has its way of making one’s way of life more challenging in a multitude of ways. There are many things available for MS patients to aid them in gaining their independence back, as that is something very challenging patients must face. Learning about changes and different ways to better your specific case of MS, it is a great idea to work with an occupational therapist (OT).

An OT can assist you in finding you and your family practical solutions to overcome the specific challenges you may be facing with MS, whether this be at home or at work. They can also advise you on different tools and devices that can help compensate for whatever lost or restricted abilities you may have and help you communicate better to your family, friends and colleagues about your condition.

The OT will begin by evaluating everyone’s individual situation and make recommendations for symptom management and modifications at both home and work environments based on particular needs. For example, if fatigue is a very disabling symptom on your part, your OT would be able to teach you ways to conserve your energy efficiently. Additionally, an OT can help with other physical or cognitive limitations such as weakness, pain, trouble with balance, a limited range of motion or cognitive issues.

They are able to provide adaptive devices that can help one to function independently in the home environment and manage self-care. Most importantly, an OT definitely strives to provide all of their clients with anything that can help them continue what they love to do.

If your symptoms do become severe, it would be wise to consider working with an occupational therapist if you can. If you do experience acute exacerbation of physical or cognitive symptoms, your doctor will most likely refer you to an OT for evaluation and treatment. Although if your symptoms begin interfering with your everyday life, it is best to ask for a referral to an OT as soon as possible.

For some tips on how to make your home MS-friendly, feel free to check out our previous post: Making Your Home Suitable for MS

Occupational Therapy for MS Patients - Mon September 14, 2015 2:32 PM