Rehabilitation Services for Multiple Sclerosis
Helping You Maintain a High Quality of Life
If you have MS, your doctor may recommend rehabilitation therapy in addition to other treatment options. Rehabilitation therapy can help you and your caregiver better adapt to the changing realities of the disease and help you maintain as much independence as possible.
Because the progression, severity and specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) vary for each person, MidMichigan Health offers a variety of specific rehabilitation treatment plans to meet your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include a combination of any or all of the following therapies:
MidMichigan offers exercises and training to help you maintain or improve your balance, walking ability, flexibility, strength and endurance. Additional physical therapy services include:
- Training with braces, a cane, walker or crutches
- Training in getting in and out of bed and moving between chairs
- Training for caregivers on safely assisting patients, including lifting or moving bed-ridden or wheelchair-bound patients
- Training for pulmonary hygiene (keeping the lungs clear) and skin care
MidMichigan offers adaptation techniques and skills to help you better manage the symptoms of the disease. Additional services include:
- Training with adaptive equipment to help you conserve energy and maintain independence in activities involved in self-care and daily living.
- Strategies to help you compensate for cognitive or sensory impairments – including memory aids, cueing devices, environmental structuring and labeling.
Speech therapy can help you and your caregiver manage communication and cognitive disorders that are commonly associated with MS, including:
- Dysarthria – slurred or poorly articulated speech
- Dysphonia – a change in vocal quality (harshness, hoarseness or breathiness)
- Rhythm disorders – including long delays or pauses in speech
- Cognitive deficits – including attention deficits, memory loss, reduced reasoning skills and impaired judgment
MidMichigan also has speech-language pathologists certified to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for people suffering from dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), including deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation (DPNS), a short-term therapy that can restore muscle strength and reflexes within the pharynx.
The MidMichigan Difference
MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland offers an MS Clinic where you can have your needs assessed and receive recommendations for rehabilitative services and other treatment options. The clinic is staffed by a board-certified neurologist and a board-certified neurologic physical therapist.
MidMichigan also offers an aquatic therapy class specific to MS patients. Available in our Mt. Pleasant location only.
The rehabilitation team at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland includes a neurologic certified specialist, certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Rehabilitation therapy for MS patients is available on an outpatient basis in the following convenient MidMichigan locations:
- Midland – physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, MS Clinic for rehabilitation screening
- Clare – physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy
- Gladwin – physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy
- Mt. Pleasant – physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, specialized aquatic therapy
- Harrison – physical and occupational therapy
- Houghton Lake – physical and occupational therapy