Table of Contents
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) quick facts
- Multiple sclerosis definition
- What is MS?
- What causes multiple sclerosis?
- What are the risk factors for developing multiple sclerosis?
- What are MS symptoms and signs?
- What are the 4 types of multiple sclerosis?
- What exams and test diagnose MS?
- What kind of health-care professionals treats multiple sclerosis?
- What are MS treatment guidelines and options?
- Multiple sclerosis medications
- What are the treatments for MS symptoms?
- What is the prognosis and life expectancy for multiple sclerosis?
- Is it possible to prevent multiple sclerosis?
- What research is being done on multiple sclerosis?
Quick GuideMultiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms and Treatment
What kind of health-care professionals treats multiple sclerosis?
Speech pathologist: A speech pathologist can help patients improve speech clarity, and some can even work on cognitive exercises for patients who have problems with memory. If swallowing problems are identified, speech pathologists can help determine the cause and whether therapy will help improve swallowing ability or if dietary changes are needed.
Primary care provider: A primary care provider such as a family doctor or internist is needed to help keep patients with MS in good health by keeping track of blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, immunization status, and other factors.
Radiologist: A radiologist reads the imaging studies obtained to monitor the status of patients with MS; by comparing current studies to prior studies, doctors can determine if the disease has stabilized.
Physical therapist: Physical therapists work to help patients regain mobility or strength. They also help patients determine how maintain their strength and mobility after a chronic disease is diagnosed.
Occupational therapist: While occupational therapists often work closely with physical therapists to help with mobility issues, they further help patients with adjustments or modifications in their surroundings and homes by teaching use of various tools or actions to safely perform daily activities.
Clinical psychologist: A clinical psychologist can help patients with MS who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or who need help in coping with their diagnosis. Psychologists provide counseling or psychotherapy; they do not prescribe medications. On occasion, they work closely with psychiatrists who determine if medications are needed, and if so, which medications to prescribe.
Neurologist: A neurologist is a doctor who has specialized training in diseases of the brain and nervous system. Some neurologists have additional training in treating multiple sclerosis.
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