Exercise in the management of Multiple Sclerosis relapses: current evidence and future perspectives

Lorna Paul, Scott Rooney, Hani Albalawi

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Abstract

Relapses are a common feature of Multiple Sclerosis (MS); however, recovery from relapses is often incomplete, with up to half of people experiencing residual disabilities post-relapse. Therefore, treatments are required to promote recovery of function and reduce the extent of residual disabilities post-relapse. Accordingly, this perspectives article explores the role of exercise in relapse management. Current evidence from two studies suggests that exercise in combination with steroid therapy improves disability and quality of life post-relapse, and may be more beneficial in promoting relapse recovery than steroid therapy alone. However, given the small number of studies and methodological limitations, further studies are required to understand the effects of exercise in relapse management and the mechanism through which exercise influences relapse recovery.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurodegenerative Disease Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 31 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • relapse
  • exercise
  • rehabiliation

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Paul, L., Rooney, S., & Albalawi, H. (Accepted/In press). Exercise in the management of Multiple Sclerosis relapses: current evidence and future perspectives. Neurodegenerative Disease Management.