APTA Responds to The Oregonian on PTs Managing Patients With MS

September 23, 2010

Dear Editor,

In "The right kind of exercise can help those with MS" (September 22) Colin Hoobler correctly describes that exercise programs can be effective in helping people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) manage symptoms of the condition while improving their overall function and increasing their quality of life. However, it should be stressed that all physical therapists are trained in exercise theory and prescription and advanced training is not necessary in order to work with patients with MS.

Through continuing education, physical therapists hone their skills in a variety of practice areas; nonetheless, they are they are well prepared at entry to the profession because of their required rigorous education to manage patients with all types of musculoskeletal conditions, including neuromusculoskeletal disorders such as MS.


R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD
American Physical Therapy Association