Rehabilitation for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Rehabilitation varies depending upon the range, expression, severity, and progression of symptoms. MS rehabilitation may help to accomplish the following:

  • restore functions that are essential to the activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • help the patient to reach maximum independence
  • promote family involvement
  • empower the patient to make the appropriate decisions relating to his/her care
  • educate the patient regarding the use of assistive devices (i.e., canes, braces, walkers)


  • establish an appropriate exercise program that promotes muscle strength, endurance, and control
  • reestablish motor skills
  • improve communication skills for patients who have difficulty speaking because of weakness or incoordination of face and tongue muscles
  • manage bowel or bladder incontinence
  • provide cognitive retraining
  • adapt the home environment to emphasize function, safety, accessibility, and mobility