Multiple Sclerosis is a disease process where the body’s immune system is attacks the sheath around the nerves called myelin. When myelin is destroyed around the nerve, communication from the nerve to the body part it controls is interrupted. Symptoms vary by individual and depend on the areas affected. Symptoms may include fatigue, numbness, tingling, weakness, dizziness, pain, visual and cognitive problems, and difficulty walking. There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Signs and symptoms may appear in waves with dormant phases (where no signs and symptoms are apparent), and periods of flare-ups (where episodes of signs and symptoms occur).
Everyone with MS, whether their symptoms are mild or severe, can benefit from rehabilitation! Recently published scientific studies have demonstrated sustained functional benefit for persons with MS who participated in supervised rehabilitation programs.
For those people with mild or "invisible" symptoms, a rehab approach stresses education and physical fitness. Participating in a rehab program early on can establish positive behavior patterns that will be in place should other problems surface later. When disabilities are more severe, rehab focuses on making the most of existing strengths and abilities.
Rehabilitation at Highlands involves restoring function, learning how to deal with changes, learning how to modify environments to reduce restriction, and teaching others how to provide assistance in ways that are physically and emotionally beneficial.
You can also call 298-7222 and ask to speak with a referral coordinator. You or your family members are welcome to come to Highlands for a tour.
The best way to learn about the rehabilitation programs that we have to offer is to visit and see for yourself. No appointment is necessary.