Cat: Discuss the importance of physio for MSers.
Dr Jeremy Chataway, Consultant Neurologist: Yes, I think therapy in general is very important for people with MS. Let’s say physiotherapy, making sure that a person has a good programme of exercise and fitness, of stretches to keep their core strength, for example. Because there’s no doubt while we concentrate a lot on drugs in multiple sclerosis, there’s a huge role to be played by the rehabilitation team, the physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists. So, for example, looking at a person, perhaps they’ve got drop foot, and seeing what sorts of aids could prevent that foot from dropping down when they’re walking so then they can walk quickly and effectively. And then there are other more advanced techniques. So there’s plenty that can be done and should be done with the therapy services. And I think if a person with MS hadn’t seen a therapist, say a physio, for a while, and particularly let’s say if they have some walking difficulty, then really do make sure that you go and see a physiotherapist, go and speak to your GP or directly to your rehabilitation unit or your nurse and ask for a review, because I really do feel that their service is invaluable.
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