Since there is no cure for MS, learning to live with the disease and controlling symptoms is important to your well-being. The following treatments can help.

For Managing Mobility Limitations

Rehabilitation Therapies

Physical therapy can help maintain muscle strength and tone, dexterity, and walking ability. Physical therapists use exercises and other modalities to help preserve mobility and function.

Occupational therapists may recommend braces or assistive devices, such as walkers, and develop a plan to help you manage activities of daily living.

For Managing Psychological Issues

Individual or Group Therapy

Counseling with a mental health professional can improve your coping strategies for dealing with physical symptoms and emotional stress. Many people with MS experience depression or other psychiatric problems. The unpredictable course of the disease may contribute to family conflicts or relationship issues.

A therapist can work with you to develop new coping skills or stress management techniques. Counselors also can help you deal with losses associated with the disease, such as the inability to work, lifestyle changes, or dependence on others for housekeeping or personal care.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen or new symptoms develop.