Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Recovery
It’s never too late to start recovery.  At Project Walk our goals for those suffering with multiple sclerosis are to slow down the progress of the disease, help increase recovery during remission phases, and improve our clients' quality of life. As each individual with MS may have different deficits, we use customized treatment programs to help decrease long term fatigue and increase motor and cognitive function.
 
Project Walk client, Cynthia McGrew came to Project Walk after living with MS since 2002. On her first day in the program, our Director of Research asked her to stand in a walker to gauge her abilities. After only three days in the program, she took her first REAL steps in FIVE YEARS! See the clip below.
 
 
Current research continues to support the role of exercise in symptom management for multiple sclerosis.
 
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What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The immune system works against the (CNS) by attacking the myelin, the substance that protects and insulates the nerve fibers. Damaged myelin forms scar tissue limiting nerve impulses traveling to and from the spinal cord and brain- of which trigger a multitude of symptoms.

While the cause of multiple sclerosis is still unknown, scientists and medical professionals theorize that a combination of factors, from genetics to infectious factors can increase the risk of developing the disease.
(PPMS) Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
In PPMS, symptoms continually worsen from the time of diagnosis. Between 10% and 15% of people with MS have primary progressive MS.
 
  • Older age group (average 40 years old)
  • Approximately equal numbers of men and women are affected
  • Early onset of disability
(RRMS) Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
In RRMS, there is an initial onset of symptoms followed by partial or complete recovery. After that there are recurring attacks (relapses) and recovery (remissions). Around 90% of people with multiple sclerosis have this type.
 
  • Young age group (first occurs in 20s)
  • 3 to 1 women to men
  • Effects vary widely from person to person

Eventually, most people with relapsing-remitting MS will enter a secondary progressive phase of MS.
(SPMS) Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
In SPMS, symptoms continue to worsen, without relapses or remissions. This occurs between 10 and 20 years after the diagnosis of RRMS.
  • Greater age at onset of RRMS = Earlier transition to SPMS
  • Less recovery from RRMS relapses = Earlier transition to SPMS
  • Less inflammation, more degeneration
  • Rate of progression unique to each individual
(PRMS) Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis
In PRMS, the onset of symptoms is similar to RRMS, however there is little recovery and the symptoms progress between attacks. Around 5% of people with multiple sclerosis have this form.

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