Comprehensive Care – The role of physical therapy in Multiple Sclerosis
Physical Therapy (PT) is a focus on function. It is an important component of comprehensive, quality healthcare for people with MS at all stages of the disease.
A Physical Therapy evaluation may include assessment of muscle tone, muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance and walking (gait). There are several objective measures or tests that may used, including but not necessarily limited to:
- 12 – Item MS Walking Scale
- 6 Minute Walk Test
- 9-Hole Peg Test
- Berg Balance Scale
- Dizziness Handicap Inventory
- MS functional Composite
- MS Impact Scale
- MS Quality of Life
- Timed 25 Foot Walk
- Timed Up & Go with Cognitive and Manual
A Physical Therapy evaluation is always tailored to your current level of function so some tests may be different from what is listed here, based on your ability.
For a Physical Therapy evaluation, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and bring any braces or assistive devices you may use to assist with your mobility, even if it is a brace you have not been wearing recently. It can still help your therapist understand what you have used in the past and if an updated brace or assistive device may be of benefit to you.
For more information, call the Billings Clinic Rehabilitation Department at 406-238-5676.