How can rehabilitation help you cope with MS?

The benefits of rehabilitation for people with MS are enormous. Rehabilitation can help improve many parts of your life that have been affected by MS. Here are some of the ways rehabilitation can help you:

Keep your independence. Rehabilitation can help you maintain or improve your ability to function at home and at work. This makes it easier to hold on to your independence.

Reduce your risk of accidents. By showing you safer ways to do your daily activities, techniques for preventing accidents, and ways to manage coordination issues, rehabilitation can help keep you safer.

Recover from relapses. Studies show that rehabilitation can help with relapse recovery for people with MS, and that more intense rehabilitation leads to a faster recovery.

Prevent physical complications of MS. By helping you maintain your physical function, including strength, endurance, and flexibility, rehabilitation can reduce your risk of physical complications from MS, such as pressure sores, falls, and joint stiffness.

Learn to use assistive devices. Assistive devices, such as braces, walkers, or canes, can help make it easier to do your daily activities. Rehabilitation will help you find out which devices you need and how to use them.

Manage your MS symptoms. Rehabilitation can help you cope with your MS symptoms, including:

  • fatigue
  • bladder and bowel problems
  • mobility problems
  • pain
  • difficulty swallowing
  • speech and communication problems
  • emotional and cognitive problems

Gain a sense of control. Rehabilitation can improve your ability to function, teach you to manage your symptoms, and give you the tools you need to help others help you. This all adds up to a greater sense of control over your MS.

Enjoy a better quality of life. By helping you stay active in your career and home life, rehabilitation can help improve your overall quality of life.

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