Mary Pat Johnson, PT, DPT
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a disabling and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system, affects 2.3 million people worldwide. The disease disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
The symptoms of MS include:
- Walking difficulties
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle spasms or stiffness in limbs
- Vision problems
- Cognitive or emotional changes
Rehabilitation is an important part of comprehensive care for MS patients. “Bacharach physical therapists have an opportunity to play an integral role in addressing the disabilities that often accompany an MS diagnosis,” said Mary Pat Johnson, PT, DPT. “When a patient comes in they are evaluated by therapists for specific areas of weakness that need to be addressed to maximize independent return to functional activities.”
Each patient receives an individualized care plan designed to help them rebuild strength, balance, coordination, function and self-confidence. A plan of exercises can include: strengthening, stretching, conditioning and balance/mobility training.
“Bacharach also offers orthotic evaluations (bracing), assistive technology assessments (cane, walker, stander) and a wheelchair seating and mobility clinic. All of these are designed to meet the equipment needs that a person with Multiple Sclerosis may have. Having the right equipment is essential in returning to home, work and community activities,” said Mary Pat. “Our new Klinghoffer Center is also equipped with robotic technology that can be integrated into an MS patient’s therapy plan to help maximize their functional mobility.”