At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives and expand beliefs about what is possible.
These articles are written by our nationwide team of program consultants - renowned healthcare professionals dedicated to educating people living with MS and their support partners. You will find valuable information and approaches covering our Six Dimensions of Wellness- Emotional Well-Being, Cognitive Well-Being; Home & Work; Diet, Exercise & Healthy Behaviors; Relationships; and Spirituality.
These articles are provided as general educational resources and should not be interpreted as diagnoses, prognoses, or treatment suggestions. Information and perspectives represent the views of the individual author(s); Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is not responsible for the accuracy or currency of the responses. Readers should consult with their healthcare team.
By: Stephanie Nolan, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist & Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
MS can present ongoing changes to the person with MS and support partners. Changes to strength, balance, coordination, dexterity, and other physical abilities are not uncommon (as well as cognitive, occupational, and mood-related changes). What doesn’t change, however, is our innate need for independence, especially in our homes. Therefore, making intelligent changes to your home to improve environmental accessibility is important to compensate for these changes, while promoting as much independence as possible and, most importantly, ensuring the safety of the person with MS, as well as the whole family.Continue Reading
By: Nina Martinez
When trying to determine whether and under what conditions you can work with multiple sclerosis, it is key that you understand the laws that govern accommodations in the workplace. This article serves as a brief introduction to the law and discusses strategies for making accommodation requests.Continue Reading
By: Kimberly Calder, MPS & Sherry Perry, MSCIR, MSSMC
Making sure you are enrolled in a health insurance plan at all times may be the single most important way to avoid debt and assure your ability to get the health care services you need. Many changes have been made to health insurance in recent years, including new protections for people with pre-existing and high-cost conditions like multiple sclerosis.Continue Reading
By: Debra Fehr Heindel, MBA, CMP & Danielle Moser, MSEd
If you have been diagnosed with MS, some of your initial thoughts might be around how your work life may be impacted. Many people continue to work with MS, and while some changes may need to be made, managing your career with MS is really not that much different than managing your career without MS.Continue Reading
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?”Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.”Continue Reading
By: Brielle Carter, MS & Gus LaZear, MBA, CTRS
Adaptations during exercise and sport can become very useful when living with MS. Often times, we are not able to exercise the same. Maintaining an exercise program with MS is important as research suggests, but it is how one exercises that is imperative. As the saying goes, it is easier said than done. When we think of exercise, many automatically think the gym, but there are many resources that can be used outside of a gym setting..Continue Reading
By: By Denise Nowack, RDN and Anna Cotton OTR/L
As the holiday season approaches, we look forward to fun times with family and friends—and food as the centerpiece to all celebrations. But if just the thought of holiday entertaining seems overwhelming and exhausting, don’t despair. These four simple strategies can help you relax more and stress less.Continue Reading
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