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Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation

Our multiple sclerosis (MS) rehabilitation program aims to preserve and improve physical and mental abilities, as well as help you adapt to any change in functioning. If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, our rehabilitation specialists can help you achieve and maintain the highest quality of life possible.

Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • Our team of rehabilitation specialists consists of physicians, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists who work together to provide well-rounded care.
  • Our rehabilitation physicians and psychologists have specialized training and years of experience in the management of multiple sclerosis symptoms.
  • Our rehabilitation specialists work closely with neurologists, psychiatrists and other experts at the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center to coordinate treatment.

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Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms We Help You Manage

  • Fatigue
  • Spasticity
  • Sleep problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Bowel and bladder issues
  • Walking difficulty 
  • Changes in mobility
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Uncertainty and anxiety about MS
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Cognitive change
  • Problems with speech

With a multidisciplinary team, I don’t feel like I’m on an island trying to take care of symptoms outside my areas of expertise. I can focus on the things I know well, and use the channels of care for the other issues that arise.

- Meghan Beier, rehabilitation neuropsychologist

Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation | FAQ with Drs. Abbey Hughes and Alexius Sandoval

Watch our MS specialists discuss their team approach to multiple sclerosis rehabilitation. Among other things, they talk about the role of rehabilitation in MS treatment, types of therapies and assessments available to MS patients, and what you may expect during your first appointment.


Our Approach to Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation

Because multiple sclerosis affects every person differently, we believe the treatment approach should be tailored to you. Our rehabilitation physicians work closely with patients to assess health needs, address pain, track progress and coordinate care with our experts who help manage various MS symptoms, including:

  • Cognitive change, anxiety and mood problems: our rehabilitation psychologists can help you with these conditions and teach you strategies necessary to cope with a chronic, unpredictable illness such as MS.
  • Mobility, weakness and balance issues: our physical therapists can help you strengthen your body, recommend assistive devices tailored to your needs and train you to use these devices, such as canes, crutches or wheelchairs.
  • Activities of daily living, such as cooking, managing finances, dressing, and learning new ways to manage personal hygiene: our occupational therapists excel in helping you complete these and other similar daily tasks.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation, language, and swallowing difficulties: our talented speech-language pathologists can offer rehabilitation strategies to help maximize your abilities in managing cognitive function.

Our Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Team

Peiting Lien, physical therapist in Timonium, MD

Lien, Peiting, Physical Therapist

Certified Neurologic Specialist
Expertise: neurologic rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, idiopathic adolescent scoliosis, Schroth exercises
Location: Timonium Clinic

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Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Health: 3 Common Challenges

Depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions in people with multiple sclerosis. Learn how to recognize and address them.

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Facing the Unknown: Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Neuropsychologist Meghan Beier finds that people with MS may become depressed or anxious because of the difficulty forecasting what life, or even the next day, will be like. To help develop tolerance for living with MS, she practices acceptance and commitment cognitive therapy.

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5 Myths About Multiple Sclerosis and Depression

Depression affects one in two people with multiple sclerosis over the course of their life. But due to some of the misconceptions surrounding depression, it remains underreported and undertreated. Learn more.

  • Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research Program

    Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., and Meghan Beier, Ph.D., are clinical psychologists, co-investigators and grant-funded clinical researchers specializing in neurorehabilitation psychology and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Hughes' research focuses on health behaviors and their impact on cognitive dysfunction in people with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Beier's research focuses on characterizing emotional and cognitive symptoms common among people with MS, refining neuropsychological assessment techniques, and developing interventions to ameliorate or slow MS-related cognitive decline.

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