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Managing MS Symptoms, Physical Therapy, and Emotional Support

Medications to Manage MS Symptoms
Treatments for MS are available to help manage the associated symptoms, such as:
 
  • Spasticity
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Slow walking.
     
These treatment options can include things like Botox® or baclofen to reduce muscle stiffness (also known as spasticity). Botox is an injection, and baclofen can be given in pill form or through a small, implantable pump. Ampyra™ (dalfampridine) can be used to treat slow walking.
 
Another treatment for MS is deep brain stimulation, which uses a small electrode to stimulate a certain part of the brain. This can reduce the tremors sometimes seen in people with multiple sclerosis.
 

Physical Therapy as an MS Treatment

Additional MS treatment programs can include physical therapy and occupational therapy.
 
Physical therapy and exercise can help preserve remaining function, and people may find that various aids -- such as foot braces, canes, and walkers -- can help them remain independent and mobile.
 

Emotional Support During Treatment

An important part of MS treatment involves getting enough emotional support. You may feel anxiety, anger, and fear. You may also need help in getting treatment for the depression that often comes with MS.
 
Caring for someone with active MS requires a team approach. In addition to physicians and nurses, other members of your healthcare team may include:
 
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Social worker
  • Counselor.
 
The goal of treatment for MS is to enable you to be as independent as possible while helping you deal with the intense emotional aspects of a disease that can become disabling.
 
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