Do you have MS-related walking difficulties?

Dr. Victor Mark of University of Alabama at Birmingham has created a research program that compares different physical therapies to improve walking and leg use in people with chronic (progressive) MS. Participants will be assigned to either one of two treatment groups. The treatments that make up each group are:

Treatment Group 1: Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy

1. Walking exercises
2. Balance exercises
3. Stair-climbing exercises
4. Home practice
5. Problem-solving sessions with physical therapist

Treatment Group 2: Complementary Medicine
      1. Pool therapy

      2. Yoga

      3. Relaxation exercises

      4. Music therapy

      5. Massage

Treatment is FREE and does not use any medications, but participants should continue with their current medications. Those involved will attend the program for 3 weeks, 3 hours per day from Monday through Friday, at UAB.

All parking costs at UAB will be paid for by the grant. Some financial assistance may be available to help pay for transportation, meals, and lodging, depending on the decision of the funding agency.

With this survey, we are attempting to determine how many people would consider being part of the study. If we can interest 50 people in participating, then there is a good chance that we could receive funding for the program and begin in early 2013.

Please let us know your level of interest by completing this short survey. It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. It would be helpful to the researchers for you to respond to the survey even if you do not think that you are interested in participating in the research.

Indicating on the survey that you would be willing to be part of the study does not obligate you in any way. Your answers are confidential and will only be seen by me and my research assistant.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at:
Phone: 205-934-9768
Email: vwmark@uab.edu

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Victor Mark, MD
UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation