Left to right: Joanne Tan, physical therapist; Maria Febres; and Ginger Dearman, physical therapist assistant

Maria Febres contracted pneumonia, which caused a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis and an accompanying increase in pain.


These issues led Febres to Life Care Center of Columbia, Tennessee, for rehabilitation on Oct. 24, 2019. When she arrived, she was limited in her ability to walk due to the pain, and she required help with bed mobility and transfers, such as getting from the bed to a chair.


Physical and occupational therapists worked with Febres to get her back to her previous level of function. They used the NuStep® exercise machine to work out her upper and lower body from a seated position, as well as the Biodex balance system.


“Maria was very cooperative and actively participated in therapy,” said Joanne Tan, physical therapist. “She was very motivated and pleasant to work with.”


Febres returned home on Nov. 18, with reduced pain and able to walk about 150 feet without a rest break. She is able to take care of herself again as well.


“I am able to be more active now, thanks to therapy,” Febres said.