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Pain Management for People Living with MS

By: Janice Miller, MD, Susan Anacker, MSPT and David Engstrom, Ph.D, ABPP (CAN DO MS PROGRAM CONSULTANTS)

Pain can be a problem for many people with MS. Many factors like muscle cramps, tight aching joints, and musculoskeletal problems can contribute to pain. Fortunately, several seemingly small changes can add up to a real reduction in pain. 

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Want To Get Away?

By: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN, Can Do MS Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant

When you face physical limitations, traveling can seem like an insurmountable task. You think about “how do I get about if my walking is unsteady?” “How do I manage my bladder problems?”

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Gaining Function by Horseback

By: Ken Seaman, PT, DPT, ACE, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

The vast majority of individuals who participate in therapeutic riding rehabilitation programs have shown significant positive outcomes. Regardless of the condition one may be dealing with, numerous research studies have clearly shown functional improvements in people who partake in this activity.

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Fun in the Sun...Be Careful

By: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN, Can Do MS Nurse Educator & Programs Consultant

Now that summer is here, most of us want to spend more time outside; in our gardens, doing activities, picnicking, and sitting on our decks and porches.  The problem comes when our skin is exposed to too much sunshine. 

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Leisure Wintertime Activities

By: Beth Bullard, OTR, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

Stay Active and Connected in Winter

For centuries winter has been identified as a time for reflection and replenishment. It's an opportunity to resolve issues, create resolutions and look forward to the prospects of a new year.

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Tired of Being Tired? Tips, Tools, and Techniques to Keep You Going

By: Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR and Patty Bobryk, MHS, PT, MSCS, ATP

Many people find fatigue to be one of the most complex and challenging of the symptoms they face with MS. It is often called an “invisible” symptom since it cannot be seen on its own. To make matters worse, friends, family, and associates may not understand the severity of MS fatigue and expect you to simply “push through it.”

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Benefits of Exercise for People with MS

By: Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

As recently as twenty years ago, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) were advised to avoid physical activity/exercise because it could increase symptoms or possibly even increase disease activity. Today it is well accepted that exercise is beneficial in maintaining or increasing one’s health, decreasing secondary complications and improving psychological well-being.

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How to Be Active in the Winter

By: Greg Farmer, M.S., M.P.T., Can Do MS Programs Consultant,

With less daylight and colder temperatures it can be a challenge to stay active and maintain your fitness in the winter. By understanding your symptoms and using some creativity, you can have fun and maintain your fitness goals during the winter.

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Losing Weight

By: Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

With Atkins, LA Weight Loss, Dr. Phil, South Beach and 35 billion dollars donated to weight loss routines, why are Americans getting heavier? In 2000, the prevalence of obesity in US adults was 19.8 percent, which reflects a 61 percent increase over the previous 10 years.

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Strength Training for People with Multiple Sclerosis

By: Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

Strength is defined as the quality of being strong or powerful as it relates to muscular activity. Muscle strength is needed to perform daily activities. Weakness can decrease function.

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