May marks ALS Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness for this disease, so more people recognize and understand how to help those with ALS. Physical Therapists can play a key role in helping people improve mobility, find relief from pain, and live a healthier, more physically able lives.
Physical therapists can help patients maintain as much independent function and functionality as they are capable of at different points throughout the disease to improve their quality of life. While physical therapy cannot halt the inevitable loss of muscle strength for people living with ALS, the practice can help them maintain as much independent function patients are capable of at different points throughout the disease progression. Therapists often prescribe equipment such as braces or walking devices early in the disease that help people maintain the ability to walk longer. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients maintain function and quality of life as the disease progresses.
For patients with ALS, it is important to listen to their body and to learn how to adjust to their physical capabilities.
Contact us today if you or someone you know suffers from ALS and would like a free assessment on how we can help.