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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, progressive neurological condition that results in disturbed transfer of messages from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.


After you have been diagnosed the course of the disease can vary considerably. As there is no cure, MS treatment is based around symptom relief and includes medication and therapy. Medication involves using disease modifying drugs which attempt to slow the progression or drugs to relieve an inflammatory episode. Physiotherapy is recognised as playing a large role in improving quality of life for people with MS. Our specialist MS physiotherapy treatment programme can assist in pain relief, decrease of spasm and improved functional movement. At the clinic Physiotherapy treatment will include assessment of posture and balance, activation/strengthening of muscles, gait re-education, advice and education.


Multiple Sclerosis Types

There are several different types with different patterns of disease: relapsing/remitting, primary progressive and secondary progressive.

Of these;

  • one in five sufferers have a benign form with mild attacks and no permanent disability
  • 10-15 per cent have a progressive disease that steadily worsens

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

MS has a wide range of symptoms, is unpredictable, and affects everyone differently. Symptoms vary depending on the type of MS – but typically wax and wane. The condition can affect any part of the body but usually starts with a single episode of nerve dysfunction, classically inflammation of the optic nerve in one eye. Other common symptoms include:

  • Double or blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in any part of the body
  • Tiredness
  • Temporary blindness
  • Fatigue and dizziness
  • Distortion or loss of sense of touch
  • Limb weakness, spasticity and pain
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Cognitive impairment
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