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Why should I consult a physical therapist before exercising if I have MS?

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), exercises designed to improve necessary functional skills are essential for achieving better strength, balance, and mobility. While exercising on your own is important, a physical therapist can provide guidance to make sure the activities you choose are suited to your abilities. If possible, everyone with MS should receive a baseline evaluation from a physical therapist (PT) experienced in MS care. Ideally this should be done soon after diagnosis -- but at the very least, at the first signs of problems with balance, walking, or endurance. An evaluation can spotlight many subtle symptoms that can be addressed before they worsen into significant issues.

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