Physical Therapy for MS: What to Expect

By Beth W. Orenstein
Reviewed by Jonathan Howard, M.D.
September 26, 2022

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctors may recommend physical therapy to help you better manage your symptoms. “I would say that at least 30% of MS patients can absolutely benefit from physical therapy,” says Patricia Coyle, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook Medicine, in New York.

And that number could be double or even higher when people are given a good set of exercises that they can perform at home, Coyle says.

If your doctor has recommended physical therapy for your MS symptoms, especially those related to mobility, strength, pain, and fatigue, here’s what to know to help get the most out of the first and subsequent visits with your therapist.