Physical Therapy MS Curriculum & Scholarship Fund
The Greater Carolinas Chapter has joined with the UNC-Chapel Hill Division of Physical Therapy to establish the Physical Therapy MS Curriculum and Scholarship Fund at the Medical Foundation of NC. The National MS Society has worked with the Physical Therapy faculty at UNC to develop a curriculum track in the doctorate program geared specifically to address the challenges of people living with MS.
In order to more aggressively attract the best and brightest physical therapy doctoral students to consider this particular field, the chapter has created this scholarship fund. The chapter has committed to fund four scholarships annually. The program has now produced its first graduates who are committed to focusing their practices on people living with MS.
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The Physical Therapy Initiative leadership team plans fundraising events to support these scholarships. Click here to join the team.
Physical Therapy and MS
Specialized Knowledge is Essential
It is important that physical therapists possess knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to balance the variation of symptoms and unpredictable nature of this progessive disease. In addition, physical therapists need to be attuned to the range of social, emotional, vocational, and financial issues confronting people with MS.
Role of Physical Therapy in Treating MS
Rehabilitation is an essential part of healthcare delivery for individuals living with multiple sclerosis. While MS can result in considerable disability, it does not significantly reduce life expectancy. Consequently, people with MS are often required to manage some level of MS-related disability for many years, which makes rehabilitation through physical therapy an essential component of their healthcare.
Physical therapists provide education and treatment designed to keep people with MS moving. They promote good health and general conditioning, reduce fatigue, and help individuals feel and function at their best—at home and at work. If symptoms begin to interfere with everyday activities, a physical therapist can address problems with mobility, dressing and personal care, role performance at home and work, and overall fitness.