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Blaschak, Mary Jo

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


fflicting 1 in 1000 people in Western countries, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the leading nontraumatic cause of neurologic disability in young adults.1 The experience one person will have with the illness will be different from the next, therefore MS will never have a “one size fits all” treatment strategy. MS is a demyelination disease of the central nervous system, presents with a wide spectrum of neurologic symptoms. Physical Therapy can help people with MS manage their symptoms and improve impairments. Physical Therapists working with people with MS need to be fully aware of the “Big Picture” of MS, not just the view as a therapist but also the view as patient with MS, the Doctor treating MS, family member of person with MS, friend of person with MS, other therapy field perspectives, etc. The physical therapist can make a substantial difference in the life of a person with MS if they hold a global perspective of the disease and its victims.


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