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Multiple sclerosis is a complex neurological disease that manifests itself in diverse, often co-existing symptoms that affect a person’s mobility and functioning in daily activities, with the consequent negative effect on self-esteem, family and social
roles and employment. For many people with MS, pharmacological therapy alone is not able to address particular symptoms adequately or, in some cases, disease progression. Rehabilitation is a component of the comprehensive management of MS that focuses on function, and adds nonpharmacological strategies for the care of the person.

This issue of MS in focus discusses rehabilitation, a topic that is relevant regardless of a person’s level of impairment or disease course. Each article presents the underlying principles, aims and evidence from the literature regarding specific areas of MS rehabilitation, contributed by members of teams from around the world.


  • An introduction to rehabilitation
  • Physiotherapy: its role in rehabilitation
  • Speech and swallowing
  • Occupational therapy helps to manage daily life
  • Help to stay at work: vocational rehabilitation
  • The role of counselling in rehabilitation
  • Your questions answered
  • MS in focus introduces Anders Romberg
  • The Italian MS Society meets peoples’ rehabilitation needs
  • Results of the online survey
  • Reviews
  • Relevant references

Published: 2006

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