Weakness is a common finding in MS. Motor weakness is related to impaired nerve conduction due to inflamed and / or damaged central nerve pathways. When testing for muscle weakness it is important to consider factors like fatigue and environmental issues such as room temperature and time of day.
Gait assessment is important in light of leg weakness as a compromised gait adds strain to the back, often causing back pain.
Physiotherapy can suggest a stretch and strengthen program to maximize muscle potential and improve general conditioning.
Key Healthcare Professionals
- MS nurse
- Occupational therapist