Physical therapy has been shown to benefit people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) by strengthening muscles, increasing stamina, improving balance, improving coordination, improving cognition and alleviating muscle pain through targeted approaches. Starting physical therapy in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS) can help patients avoid exacerbating symptoms in the future. However, the lockdowns and restrictions imposed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic resulted in changes to the way physical therapists (PTs) have traditionally practised.
Two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, little is still known about the impact that the pandemic is having on the delivery of physical therapy services, specifically in terms of the therapeutic items and approaches being used. The Special Interest Group for Mobility (SIG) for the European Network for Best Practice and Research in Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation (RIMS) conducted a multicentre study to address both this issue and the larger research question of how Covid-19 has changed the clinical and management aspects of MS rehabilitation.