Has physical therapy helped anyone with their walking ability?
YES!!!!!! Physical therapy helped me with my walking and balance. The key is to do the exercises on your own at home as instructed. Physical therapists also have a lot of helpful little hints that you can apply to your everyday life such as counting every step as you walk up stairs which keeps your focus on the steps which helps me to avoid the dreaded falling up stairs because your toe catches on the treads. Go to PT and give it your all. Best wishes.
I had PT in the past and it has always helped me. First time was in 2013 when I had to learn how to walk again (during a 5 week hospital stay). The second time was in 2014 for about 2 weeks (outpatient) and it helped me again. I'm a big fan of PT and the PT Practitioners.
Strengthening your core and balance should help with walking and gait, it did for me. Physical therapy concentrated on those for me, Also figered out using an eliptical helped with my gait.
I'm just about to start a Pilates course to help with core strength. My physio told me that it would help with my balance and rebuilding my wasted muscles. I use a stick to walk any distance, I'm okay inside my home but I'm useless outside without it! The class I have signed up to is run by a lovely woman who works with a number of people with MS and some who have had a stroke. I'm hoping it will help - it can't hurt to give it a try. Find someone who understands your condition and your limitations.
Good luck :-)
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