Ruth was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2008 when she was 40 years old. She had started experiencing sensory symptoms such as pins and needles in her hands when she first realised something was wrong. After the diagnosis, her mobility and functioning gradually decreased and eventually she had to give up her career as a Social Worker. She now needs more assistance with everyday tasks.
Keeping independence and mobility
Elaine O’Flaherty, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist with Physio Matters, has been working with Ruth to help her maintain a level of independence at home, focusing on maintaining her core strength and balance and integrating this with day-to-day activities.
Ruth’s partner Joan agrees this has been beneficial: “The rehab and support Ruth has had from Physio Matters has helped her keep her independence and kept her mobile.”
Watch Ruth’s story
Watch Ruth explain how Physio Matters’ treatment has helped her maintain as much function as possible, with help from her physio Elaine, and conclude: “If I didn’t have physio and respond well to it, I could be in a wheelchair permanently by now.”