Finding the rehabilitation you need to help with your MS

Interested in rehabilitation but not sure where to start? The first step in finding the rehabilitation you need is to have a rehabilitation assessment (also called an evaluation). Your doctor or MS nurse may perform the assessment or may refer you to the appropriate rehabilitation professionals, a rehabilitation clinic, or MS centre for the assessment. The assessment will examine:

  • your cognitive skills
  • your physical abilities
  • your ability to function at work and home
  • your goals and concerns

The assessment will identify areas for improvement and recommend rehabilitation services that may be of use to you, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation. For more information on these services and how they can help, see "What is rehabilitation?"

The assessing clinic or professional can also refer you to the professionals who provide these services and may be able to give you information about how to get reimbursed for the cost of treatments and assistive devices.

Some cities offer MS clinics or MS centres that provide all of the rehabilitation services you need in one convenient location, or services that coordinate your access to rehabilitation services. For more information, contact your doctor or your local chapter of the MS society.

If you think you might benefit from a rehabilitation program, speak to your doctor or MS nurse to get things started!

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