What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, in which the body attacks itself by mistake.
It is an unpredictable disease that affects people differently. Some people with MS may have only mild symptoms while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak, or walk. That happens when the disease interferes with communication between the brain and other parts of the body.
UR Medicine's Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
To diagnose MS, our neurologists conduct a complete medical history and neurological examination to rule out other conditions. The neurologist may work with a radiologist to use medical imaging such as CT scanning or MRI to view the lesions caused by MS.
Laboratory tests that examine the patient's spinal fluid can help diagnose MS.
Right now, there is no known cure for MS. To prevent relapses, MS can be treated with medication. In addition, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy may be helpful for some patients.
What Sets Us Apart?
As our region's only academic medical center, we conduct cutting-edge clinical research and experimental treatments in addition to the care we provide. Our research includes:
- Assessing new immunotherapies
- Evaluating new therapies
- Studies of fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and other aspects of MS
As researchers, our team members have been principal investigators and members of national and international steering committees for clinical trials of new therapies.
Team members have served on the Executive Committee of the National Clinical Advisory Board and chaired the Multiple Sclerosis Section of the American Academy of Neurology.
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