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Dear RIMS member,
Dear Colleague with interest in MS Mobility,

The Special Interest Group on “Mobility” consists predominantly of physiotherapists and medical/rehabilitation doctors as well as researchers with a special interest in “mobility” topics in persons with Multiple Sclerosis.

The SIG mobility group gathers twice yearly:

  • A short workshop (1.5h) within the program of the annual conference
  • An interactive 2-day meeting in-between two annual conferences (sponsored by RIMS and via contacts of local organizer).

During the “in-between” SIG meetings hosted by one of the member centers at Europe, three main parts can be differentiated:

  • Scientific and clinical presentations about a chosen topic (see “meetings” for an overview) as well as free presentation.
  • Clinical or practical session (f.e. patient cases, demonstration of technology; visit to a center)
  • Collaborative session during which members may discuss a publication, ideas for Multi-center studies or other. Workgroups are now defined for several subjects. See also projects below, and on the homepage.

The organization of SIG Mobility meetings is aimed to strengthen networks between therapists, clinical centers and researchers and to lead to implementation and extension of evidence-based rehabilitation. The overall goals of the meetings are, within the mobility domain, to:

  • Share clinical expertise around a specific topic.
  • Discuss the value of new therapeutic approaches.
  • Assist in the performance of research and interpretation of findings.
  • Improve the management of the PwMS.
  • Collaborate in international publications and multi-centre studies.

SIG Mobility meetings started in 1998 and have since worked around following topics:

  • Challenges in physical rehabilitation in MS – integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches (Bergen, NO, 2014)
  • Facilitating sustained changes in mobility and exercise participation (Joint meeting with SIG Education) (Limerick, IRL, 2013, n = 73; SIG Mobility members)
  • The use of clinical approaches including advanced technology systems for maximizing the effect of rehabilitation on mobility and function (Joint meeting with SIG Occupation) (Milan, IT, 2012, n = 48; SIG Mobility members)
  • Treatment of Balance and Gait in MS (Barcelona, ES, 2011)
  • Content of physical rehabilitation in MS (Prague, CR, 2010, n = 59)
  • Repetitive training programs and rehabilitation technology (Hasselt, B, 2009, n = 52)
  • Daily-life oriented evaluation and therapy (Kôge D, 2008, n=28)
  • New Technologies for rehabilitation strategies in MS(Genoa I, 2007, n=33)
  • What does improvement mean in rehabilitation of PwMS (Masku F, 2006, n=38)
  • Sensorimotor Control (Montana CH, 2005, n=18)
  • Spasticity (Barcelona ES, 2004, n=50)
  • The trunk (Brussels B, 2003, n=45)
  • Cognitive Impairment effect on Mobility (Montana CH, 2002, n=15)
  • Wheelchair, Functional nerve stimulation (Berg G, 2001, n=21)
  • Upper extremities assessment (Montana CH, 2000, n=19)
  • Spasticity, Botulism (Montana CH, 1998, n=15) Spasticity, measuring mobility (Montana CH, 1999,n=1)

We invite you to participate actively to the coming SIG Mobility meetings. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would have any questions or suggestions.

A. Romberg, PT, Chair
Paul Van Asch, PT, Co-chair

Further information:

  • Presentation of the SIG on Mobility

Ongoing projects:

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