Dr. Susan Coote is a neuro physiotherapist at Mid West Physiotherapy, Limerick, and specialises in physiotherapy for multiple sclerosis.
About multiple sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the nerves in the spinal cord and brain. These nerves are covered by an insulating layer called myelin. MS occurs when the body mistakenly attacks this myelin and breaks it down, which affects the way signals are sent through the nerves.
Symptoms of MS vary from person to person and can include fatigue, decreased balance, changes in sensation, muscle stiffness, and reduced mobility. We are delighted to have Dr. Susan Coote as part of the team; Dr. Coote is internationally-recognised for her work with people with MS. Her research focused on the use of exercise and physiotherapy interventions to reduce symptom severity and to improve quality of life for people with MS and other neurological conditions in the community.
How can we help?
Physiotherapists can provide an individualised exercise programme that takes into account your personal goals, daily life, symptoms, and type of MS. Physiotherapy treatment may include balance training, weight training, aerobic exercise, electrical stimulation. We can also help with fatigue management.
Benefits of physiotherapy
Research has shown that exercise and physiotherapy can be beneficial for people with MS. There is evidence that exercise therapy can help reduce fatigue for people with MS. Research has also shown that exercise can improve time between relapses (aka flare ups) in people with relapsing-remitting MS. Physiotherapists will also work to reduce your risk of falls.
What to expect
An initial physiotherapy session may involve being asked questions such as when you were first diagnosed or when you first experienced symptoms. You may also be asked about your job, daily activities, fatigue levels, exercise, and balance. The physiotherapist may also test your balance and strength, and demonstrate different exercises for you. At your initial assessment, the physiotherapist will propose an individualised treatment plan for you which will best support your goals. We are here to help and support you at all times.
If you would like to find out more physiotherapy for multiple sclerosis, we would be delighted to help you. You can make an appointment with Dr. Susan Coote by booking on-line, ringing our reception on 061-201444, or contacting us by email.
Source: MS Ireland