Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy

Physical & Occupational Therapists servicing Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes progressive damage to nerves all over your body. The resulting loss of function and pain can make life a considerable challenge for people who have MS, but the expert team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, can help. Using proven physical and occupational therapies, they provide the support you need to manage your MS successfully. Call the office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that causes your body’s immune system to mistakenly attack the myelin sheath, the protective covering on your nerve cells.

The scarring that develops as a result decreases the nerve’s ability to transmit signals properly, affecting nerve functions around the body.

People who have multiple sclerosis typically find they engage in bouts of activity followed by periods of little to no activity, depending on the type of MS they’re suffering from.

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Symptoms vary from person to person because MS affects different parts of the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves, making no two cases alike. The most common symptoms of MS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in the face, body, or hands and feet
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Pain
  • Walking difficulties
  • Loss of balance
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Emotional and cognitive changes

Multiple sclerosis is incurable, but if you have MS, a combination of medical and rehabilitation management is the best way to decrease the severity of symptoms.

How does physical therapy help people who have MS?

Physical therapy is critical in the management of multiple sclerosis, helping to address the weakness, range of motion loss, balance issues, and walking. Physical therapy can help immensely in improving function and independence in a person with MS.

Your therapist at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can also teach you how to use assistive equipment, such as canes and other devices.

The clinic also has state-of-the-art Solo-Step® Overhead Track and Harness System to help patients who have balance problems exercise safely.

The closely related field of occupational therapy is also valuable in helping people who have MS. 

Occupational therapists evaluate the function and use of your hands and arms and introduce you to adaptive techniques and assistive equipment that help you in your work and everyday life. Occupational therapy can make a huge difference in your quality of life.

For those patients who may have a hard time going out to a facility for therapy, our doctors of physical therapy or occupational therapists can come to you. If you have MS, talk to the team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy to find out more about the benefits of physical and occupational therapy. Call today or use the online booking tool.