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Living an active life with multiple sclerosis

by Sharon Malinowski, occupational therapist, and Jenny Maurer, speech and language pathologist

Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC

Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC

If you’re watching this season of Dancing with the Stars, you’ll be seeing Jack Osbourne dancing the rumba or Paso doble. Jack went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) last year, which left many fans wondering how he will be able to participate in such a physically demanding show while coping with his condition. In actuality, it has been proven that concentrated rehabilitation and physical activity can promote increased and sustained function in MS patients. 

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system and is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign or entirely disabling. Symptom experiences are the result of communication between the brain and other parts of the body becoming disrupted due to multiple areas of inflammation and scarring (sclerosis) in the central nervous system.

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