Physiotherapy approaches in the treatment of ataxic multiple sclerosis: a pilot study

Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2001;15(3):203-11. doi: 10.1177/154596830101500308.


Objective: This study was planned to investigate the efficacy of neuromuscular rehabilitation and Johnstone Pressure Splints in the patients who had ataxic multiple sclerosis.

Methods: Twenty-six outpatients with multiple sclerosis were the subjects of the study. The control group (n = 13) was given neuromuscular rehabilitation, whereas the study group (n = 13) was treated with Johnstone Pressure Splints in addition.

Results: In pre- and posttreatment data, significant differences were found in sensation, anterior balance, gait parameters, and Expanded Disability Status Scale (p < 0.05). An important difference was observed in walking-on-two-lines data within the groups (p < 0.05). There also was a statistically significant difference in pendular movements and dysdiadakokinesia (p < 0.05). When the posttreatment values were compared, there was no significant difference between sensation, anterior balance, gait parameters, equilibrium and nonequilibrium coordination tests, Expanded Disability Status Scale, cortical onset latency, and central conduction time of somatosensory evoked potentials and motor evoked potentials (p > 0.05). Comparison of values revealed an important difference in cortical onset-P37 peak amplitude of somatosensory evoked potentials (right limbs) in favor of the study group (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: According to our study, it was determined that physiotherapy approaches were effective to decrease the ataxia. We conclude that the combination of suitable physiotherapy techniques is effective multiple sclerosis rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ataxia / diagnosis
  • Ataxia / rehabilitation*
  • Ataxia / therapy*
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Evoked Potentials, Motor
  • Evoked Potentials, Somatosensory
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Sclerosis / diagnosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis / rehabilitation*
  • Multiple Sclerosis / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / methods*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Splints