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what is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that can potentially disable the central nervous system (brain and spinal cords). The immune system of a person attacks myelin, which is a protective sheath over nerve fibers, in the condition. 

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary according to the level of damage done to the nerves. Mild symptoms of MS include numbness weakness and vision problems, while in severe condition; a person might even become unable to walk. 

However, no matter how sever the symptoms might be, physiotherapy can help in treating them. 

how can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy involves a number of exercises that help in strengthening the muscles and maintaining balance while walking. Other than that, it can stop muscle spasms from happening. A good physical therapist can help you in increasing your mobility. But these are some symptoms that occur in later stages of multiple sclerosis. Physiotherapy can help even in earlier stages by:

  • Increasing your stamina
  • Making you learn how to cope up with the changes happening in your body
  • Avoiding worsening of symptoms

A good therapist will tell you about that the potential changes that can happen in your body as your condition will progress. This can make you prepare your mind and adapt your lifestyle accordingly. 

physiotherapy at various stages

It does not matter which stage of multiple sclerosis you are at, physiotherapy can help you in one way or another. 

  • At the time of diagnosis: 

Physiotherapy can help in diagnosing the condition by examining your physical capabilities. By making you perform various physical activities, your physical therapist will check physical limitations and will evaluate how the condition will affect the activities in the future. 

  • At the time of relapses: 

The period in which symptoms of multiple sclerosis show up frequently with peak intensity is called an exacerbation, or flare, or relapse. During the time of relapse, you will find it difficult even to perform basic tasks like bathing, cooking, and walking. 

Your physical therapist will conduct a physical examination to compare your physical capabilities done at the time of diagnosis. After relapses, physiotherapy can help you in gaining the strength that you had before relapses.

  • Progressive multiple sclerosis:

In progressive sclerosis, a person does not experience relapses or flare. Instead of that, his or her health will deteriorate gradually and constantly. 

In progressive multiple sclerosis, it is necessary to go to a doctor as soon as possible because the right type of physical exercise can compensate for the damage done by multiple sclerosis to your body. Your physiotherapist will also teach you about how to use different aids like a wheelchair for increasing your mobility.

  • Advanced multiple sclerosis:

It is the type of multiple sclerosis in which symptoms are very severe. The mobility of the affected person gets reduced down so much that it becomes impossible for him or her to even walk. Physical therapy can even help in advanced multiple sclerosis treatment by increasing the upper body strength and helping the person with sitting and using mobility aids. 

where can you have physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy gives you the option of getting treated at the place of your choice. There can be many locations where you can have your multiple sclerosis physical therapy, such as: 

  • At MS treatment Center: This type of physiotherapy is called inpatient physiotherapy. Your therapy will be conducted in a hospital, care facility, or some treatment center in inpatient physiotherapy. Mostly, people with advanced stages of multiple sclerosis are treated at treatment centers. 
  • At Outpatient Facility: If the affected person is capable of walking, then physiotherapy can be done at some therapy center or a doctor’s office. The patient can leave the premises once the physiotherapy is done.
  • At Home: The physiotherapist will come to your home to help you with your multiple sclerosis physiotherapy management. This can prove to be most helpful when the patient is unable to move because of the damage done to the central nervous system by multiple sclerosis. 

how can portea help you?

  • We provide a home care physiotherapy facility, which means you do not have to worry even in the worst condition.
  • Our physiotherapists first talk to the patient and then decide the treatment course according to it. Since multiple sclerosis is different for everyone, it is necessary to have a specialized plan.
  • Our treatment is cost-effective which means that even in the case of long-term treatment, you will not have to worry about your finances.
  • We have world-class equipment that helps in treating the condition in the shortest time possible. 
  • Our physiotherapists are empathetic towards patients. Emotional support, along with physical support, is necessary for treating multiple sclerosis.


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Mr. Mahesh

I had a serious L4 & L5 disc prolapse when I sought Portea’s physiotherapy. Thanks a lot to Dr. Amitava and Portea for their prompt service. Keep up the good work.

I am very happy to share my feedback regarding the excellent treatment I got. My Physiotherapist Dr. Babita Gurung was extremely helpful in getting back to me normal. She was very clear in her instructions and guides me well for each and every treatment she gives. She was absolutely wonderful and very active while discussing the problem and it’s remedy. She gives full attention and time to the patient and never in hurry to attend more patients by bypassing the under-treatment patients. Worth recommending to friends. Thank you all so much for your excellent care. I am feeling so much better now than when I started my PT. Your professionalism, concern and friendliness were much appreciated.

I think it was the most professional yet personal therapy I have had so far in the last 3 years since I first had the back problems. Dr. Fateh is a polite, good-natured and compassionate gentleman, who is extremely competent at his work and displayed great consistency throughout the sessions, even towards the end without slacking away time or hurrying up through the final sessions like most other Physiotherapists, as I have experienced before. He in fact ensured that he put a little more extra efforts towards the end to ensure that my back remains strong post the sessions.