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Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise: A Literature Review

Reynolds, Eric R. MD1; Ashbaugh, Andrew D. DO2; Hockenberry, Brandon J. MD2; McGrew, Christopher A. MD, FACSM2

Current Sports Medicine Reports: January 2018 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 31–35
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000446
Head, Neck, and Spine: Section Articles

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common autoimmune disabling neurological conditions of young adults and affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Given the high likelihood for disability and decreased neurological function, there have been concerns about the role of exercise in MS patients with a fear of increased injury. This article looks at recent articles evaluating the role of exercise in MS and can hopefully be used by patients, caregivers, and health care providers to guide decision making about the role of exercise in patients with MS.

1Department of Pediatrics, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM; and 2Department of Family & Community Medicine, The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

Address for correspondence: Eric R. Reynolds, MD, University of New Mexico Hospital, 2211 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106; E-mail: ERReynolds@salud.unm.edu.

Copyright © 2018 by the American College of Sports Medicine.