Physical therapy for Multiple Sclerosis will look different than physical therapy that you would get after a knee replacement or a rotator cuff injury. It is a different mechanism of disability than an orthopedic injury. Therefore, it is especially important to find a physical therapist who has experience and training to perform treatments that you need.
HARTZ Physical Therapy has a trained neurological physical therapist that is equipped and excited to work with you to improve your quality of life and reach your goals. With our neurological expertise, we have a better understanding of disease progression and stay up to date on research to provide the most beneficial care. A neurological physical therapist can help you with:
- Trunk Positioning Posture
- Activity Level
- Caregiver Training
- Use of Adaptive Equipment
- Use of Assistive Devices
- Resource Accessibility
- Evolving Symptoms
- Cardiopulmonary Health
- Fall Risk
Your first visit will include an initial examination where the therapist will ask you questions to get to know you, your goals, and your concerns. This will be followed by various tests depending on your impairments which could include balance testing, gait testing, posture, strength, flexibility, endurance, etc. Based on the findings of these tests and your goals, the therapist will then give you some exercises that are safe to start at home.
Each person is different, but after the first day, typically you will come in for 2 visits per week in order to receive skilled treatment from our neurological physical therapist. At this point, she will use an assortment of services to address your needs which could include:
- Using the LiteGait body weight support system to ensure safety
- Various positions to activate muscles and improve function in daily tasks
- Manually facilitating movement patterns to improve mechanics
- Breaking down tasks into parts to make them more manageable
- Working on specific activities that you have difficulty with at home
- Challenging you by changing the environment
- Challenging you through multi-tasking during activities
- Incorporating problem solving into activities
- Using various types of cues including visual, tactile, and verbal feedback
Each person with MS has a different presentation and goal. The neurological physical therapists at HARTZ have the experience of creating a program and treatment plan that helps you achieve your specific goals and improve your quality of life. Please fill-out our ‘Contact Form’ to reach Greta with questions or to get scheduled for your initial examination at our Lancaster West office.
HARTZ PT is excited to announce that we are now a Partner in MS Care. Partners in MS Care are healthcare providers who have demonstrated knowledge and expertise in treating patients with MS. These providers have a relationship with the National MS Society that helps connect their patients to the information, resources and support available to them to live their best lives with MS.
HARTZ PT now has increased access to programs, services, and resources for their patients through the MS Society. Partners in MS Care go through a review process where their knowledge and expertise in MS is vetted by a committee of their peers. To become a Partner in MS Care, HARTZ PT has demonstrated:
- A Minimum of 20% of patients treated are diagnosed with MS and/ or another neurologic, chronic illness
- Minimum of 2 years clinical experience with MS throughout our offices
- HARTZ PT is committed to practice evidence based care
- HARTZ PT has a committed relationship with the MS Society
- HARTZ PT routinely communicates and collaborates with other clinicians who are treating our patients
- Offices meet basic accessibility standards
Join team HARTZ PT at our local MS Walk.
DATE: April 30th
WHERE: Long’s Park
TIME: Site Opens: 9:00 AM
Walk Starts: 10:00 AM
To register to walk with us for MS click HERE.
The team at HARTZ PT looks forward to helping patients with MS achieve their functional and physical goals.