Samuel Walton needed to work on his balance and strength. His doctor referred him to Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana. Now he is dancing again!
Sam says, “I am pleased with the therapy I received and with my progress. I can walk much better and I don’t lose my balance like I did before coming to Physical Therapy. The therapy staff was helpful and friendly. I would absolutely recommend PT to my friends at Encore.”
“I am now able to participate with dancing again without losing my balance!“
We are so happy you can dance again, Samuel! Thank you for making Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana your rehab provider!
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an abnormal response of the body’s immune system against the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optical nerves). It affects the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body.
Anyone may develop MS.
2-3 times more women than men develop MS.
MS is not contagious or directly inherited.
More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
MS symptoms occur when the immune-system produces inflammation within the CNS. The inflammatory attack damages myelin, (the protective insulation surrounding nerve fibers), oligodendrocytes (cells that make CNS myelin) and sometimes the underlying nerve fiber.
Common MS symptoms include: fatigue; vision problems/ ringing/numbness; vertigo/dizziness; muscle weakness; balance/coordination problems; walking difficulties; speech and swallowing problems; bladder/bowel problems; cognitive difficulties; emotional changes; sexual dysfunction; and mood swings/depression.
The damage caused by inflammation can produce symptoms that resolve over weeks to months or symptoms that are permanent.
MS does not always cause paralysis. The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled. Two-thirds of people who have MS remain able to walk, though many will need an aid, such as a cane or crutches.
Environmental factors, such as low Vitamin D and cigarette smoking have been shown to increase the risk of MS.
MS occurs in most ethnic groups but is most common in Caucasians of northern European ancestry.
Managing MS is an ongoing process, beginning with the very first symptoms and continuing throughout the disease course. It’s never too soon or too late to think about how to access high quality, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care. **
At Encore Rehabilitation, our team of Physical, Occupational,
and Speech Therapists can help patients with MS
to ease many of your symptoms and move, think, and feel better.
If you are one of the estimated 2.5 million people
diagnosed with MS, ask your doctor about
rehabilitation with Encore or call us today.
Congratulations to Kelly Pickett, Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!
Kelly is a Freshman and has played Varsity Basketball (#23) for the Bulldogs for three years. She has made All-County and All-Area Teams. In addition to Basketball, Kelly enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends and family. After graduation, she would like to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. Kelly is the daughter of Tracy and Danny Pickett.
Amy Yarbrough was suffering weakness from a long-term illness. Her doctor referred her to Encore Rehabilitation – Gordo for strengthening and balance. Amy says. “The staff is the best! Encore has a good reputation.” She also enjoys the fact that the Encore Gordo clinic is close to her home.
Thank you, Amy! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!