Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, & Speech/Language Pathologists
These clinicians specialize in rehabilitation to promote mobility, function, and quality of life. They can be useful for rebuilding strength and flexibility to ensure autonomy and quality of life.
An occupational therapist’s job is to find ways to make it easier for you to accomplish your day-to-day goals including tasks like cooking, eating, getting dressed, and more. An occupational therapist will work with you, your family, and your community to find clever ways to let you continue to live your own way.
If you are having a hard time managing pain or staying active, adding a physical therapist to your MS treatment team can help. Your joints will be healthier if they are active, and finding ways to keep you active is what your PT is best at.
Speech/language pathologists (S/LP) provide support and solutions for speech production to ensure clear and accurate communications. They can also help with swallowing problems to make sure that eating is safe.
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Neuropsychologists, & Counselors
These doctors and counselors specialize in the study of behavior and the mind. They help support people and develop strategies to combat depression, anxiety, stress management, fear and phobia management, and more
These providers can also track and help improve cognitive changes including memory problems, attention issues, and difficulty with complex problem-solving.
Note: Psychiatrists are able to write prescriptions whereas psychologists and counselors rely on non-medicinal methods only.