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Could You Benefit from MS Rehab?

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Adam Kaplin, M.D.
July 26, 2022

Successfully managing multiple sclerosis (MS) goes far beyond taking medication. In addition to healthy lifestyle habits, like not smoking and eating an anti-inflammatory diet, neurologists often recommend MS rehabilitation (rehab) services to their patients so that they do—and feel—their best.

While drugs like disease-modifying therapies can help slow the course of the disease, they can’t reverse any of the neurologic damage that’s already been done, or help to maintain functional abilities over time. But MS rehab does have the potential to help.

“Rehab is definitely part of a holistic approach to our treatment of people with MS—because our disease-modifying therapies are not corrective, and many of our symptomatic therapies don't necessarily improve mobility and function,” says Kalina Sanders, M.D., a board-certified neurologist at Baptist Neurology Group in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. “And so that's where rehabilitation therapy comes in.”