Gait impairment and optimizing mobility in multiple sclerosis.

TitleGait impairment and optimizing mobility in multiple sclerosis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
2013
AuthorsStevens V, Goodman K, Rough K, Kraft GH
JournalPhys Med Rehabil Clin N Am
Volume24
Issue4
Pagination573-92
Date Published2013 Nov
ISSN1558-1381

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated disease that causes demyelination and degeneration within the brain and spinal cord. This may result in many impairments, including impaired ambulation, muscle weakness, abnormal tone, visual disturbances, decreased sensation, and fatigue. Rehabilitation helps patients with MS maximize independence by helping to manage and minimize impairments. Deficits seen in ambulation should be addressed to improve energy efficiency and reduce falls. Compensation through appropriate prescription of assistive devices, bracing, and wheelchairs will help improve safety. Rehabilitation can make a significant impact on achieving and maintaining quality of life and independence.

10.1016/j.pmr.2013.07.002
Alternate JournalPhys Med Rehabil Clin N Am

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