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Exploring Barriers to Remaining Physically Active: A Case Report of a Person with Multiple Sclerosis

Zalewski, Kathryn PT, PhD

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: March 2007 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - pp 40-45
doi: 10.1097/01.NPT.0000260570.69863.da
Case Reports

Physical therapy intervention for those with chronic disabling conditions typically follows an episode of care approach: therapists provide services when a decrement in functional performance occurs such that individuals require intervention to return to baseline performance. Attention to the psychosocial supports required for successful transition can be unintentionally minimized when the focus of an episode of care follows a change in physical function. The purpose of this case report is to present and discuss the challenges to successful community reintegration following physical therapy intervention with an emphasis on developing independent exercise habits in management of a person with multiple sclerosis. RW, presented in this case study, is a 52-year-old man diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis five years before self-referral to a pro bono physical therapy clinic.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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© 2007 Neurology Section, APTA