Efficacy of Strength Training on Fatigue and Performance in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review

Abstract

Background: Multiple sclerosis is a chronic debilitating condition, which can cause muscle weakness and fatigue. Exercise has often been thought of as contraindicated in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) sufferers. It is only recently been documented that there may actually be benefits to partaking in physical exercise. Objective: To determine the effect strength training has on fatigue and performance in patients with MS. Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Results: The review found positive evidence for the implementation of strength training to improve function and fatigue in patients with MS. Conclusion: Strong evidence exists for the use of exercise to treat MS symptoms, specific protocols and additional research looking at more disabling forms of MS are necessary to ensure the patient receives the best management.

Key Words: Multiple Sclerosis, Strength Training, Fatigue, and Resistance Training.

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