The damage that multiple sclerosis does to your nervous system can make simple tasks hard to accomplish. Luckily, patients can turn to their doctor for help and work with them to develop an effective, personalized therapy plan.
Occupational therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on different movements and exercises that enables the patient to better navigate daily tasks.
Consistent occupational therapy can help patients return to a more normal life and enjoy tasks like cooking, driving, walking, and other day-to-day activities.
Attending occupational therapy can be essential for multiple sclerosis patients who want to recover or maintain strength that helps them navigate daily life. It’s important to work with your doctor and occupational therapist to develop a plan that will help you get back to living a full life!
The first step in working with your doctor is listing out symptoms that interrupt your daily life. Is there any pain, numbness, or tingling that is prohibiting you from performing an activity?
Are you having any balance issues? Bring any symptoms up to your doctor as this will help inform the best course of action. A helpful exercise to find interruptions within your day is to walk through your daily schedule. Consider how your day goes from when you open your eyes to when you close them at night.
What parts of your day are most challenging? Is it getting out of bed? Brushing your teeth? Putting a belt on? Walking through your day will make sure that your healthcare provider is aware of all the challenges you face. Once you talk through our symptoms, voice any other concerns with your doctor.
This is a time to be honest and upfront about any questions or anxieties you may have about your condition and how it is affecting your daily life. Giving your healthcare provider as much information will be more beneficial for you in the long run.