Journal of Neurology

, Volume 248, Issue 4, pp 255–259

Improving mobility and functional independence in persons with multiple sclerosis

  • J. A. Freeman
Ens Teaching Review

DOI: 10.1007/s004150170198

Cite this article as:
Freeman, J. J Neurol (2001) 248: 255. doi:10.1007/s004150170198


Persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) commonly experience restrictions in mobility and everyday functional activities. A wide range of factors including physical, psychological, environmental and economic issues may contribute to these difficulties. This is particularly the case as the disease evolves, and the impairments and disabilities become more numerous, inter-related and hence more complex. Effective management of these complex problems requires assessment and intervention from a variety of different perspectives by using a coordinated, goal-oriented, multi-disciplinary management approach. Crucially, it requires management to be considered from a long-term perspective rather than as a fragmented series of isolated “quick-fixes”.

Key words Multiple sclerosisRehabilitationMobilityActivities of daily living

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Neurology (Neurorehabilitation), Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1 N3BG, UK, Tel.: +44-171-8373611 ext 4152, Fax: +44-171-8130924GB
  2. 2.University of Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, UKGB