Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive illness of the central nervous system. More than 400,000 people in the U.S. are affected by MS, with 2-3 times as many women as men affected by the disease. In MS, the coating that protects nerves, called myelin, is destroyed or damaged, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis, plaques or lesions. The nerve fiber may also be damaged as the disease progresses.
Diagnosis and Treatment
American Telestroke and Neurology provides comprehensive care to patients with MS, including diagnostic and continuing care. Because MS sufferers can show a very wide range of symptoms, it is difficult to diagnose MS in the early stages of the disease. Yet research has shown that early diagnosis can often help manage the disease and even slow its progression. A positive diagnosis requires both evidence of the disease in different parts of the nervous system, as well as signs of at least two occurrences of symptoms.
Our clinic specialists will take a complete medical history, and test nervous symptom function, including reflexes, balance, coordination and vision, in addition to checking for areas of numbness. MRI of the brain and spine along with other diagnostic tools include evoked potential tests that measure the speed at which the nervous system responds to stimuli, and a spinal tap that checks cerebrospinal fluid for signs of the disease.
Although there is currently no cure for MS, some promising therapies are available to slow the progression of the disease, manage symptoms, and improve quality of life for those affected. We offer best treatment options in accordance with standard of care.