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When should I start getting rehab for my multiple sclerosis?

Early referral to rehabilitation is extremely important for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Rehab can have the greatest impact if provided early on in the disease, even in the absence of obvious disability.

Rehabilitation counselors work with people with physical, mental or social disabilities to help them realize their potential. A rehabilitation counselor can provide job counseling, training and assessments in order to help a person live as independently as possible.

Rehabilitation counselors work in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, state and federal agencies, schools, nursing homes, correctional centers and other organizations.

Rehabilitation is best early on in the disease. Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) find that their symptoms are best managed when they combine medication with rehabilitation, exercise and/or lifestyle modifications. Physical and occupational therapists can help people with MS.

  • Improve, strength, mobility, balance and posture.
  • Manage fatigue and pain.
  • Maintain skills essential to a good work and home life.

Over time, some people with MS become increasingly disabled, and may need devices such as canes and wheelchairs. Rehabilitation specialists help patients obtain and learn to use these assistive devices.

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