Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the spine and central nervous system. The symptom frequency and severity differ from person to person. Symptoms can include blurred vision or blindness, poor balance and coordination, tremors, numbness, fatigue, problems with speech, difficulty with memory and concentration and paralysis. In some patients these symptoms may only appear intermittently, while in others, the symptoms are permanent.
Typically, the onset and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis occurs between the ages of 20 and 50. Although the disease can cause debilitating attacks, the majority of patients are able to lead normal or near-normal lives.
Early stages of multiple sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms may be similar to those experienced by patients suffering with vitamin B-12 deficiency, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.
Unfortunately, the fact that multiple sclerosis shares symptoms with so many other illnesses often results in patients receiving an incomplete or incorrect diagnosis.
At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with chronic pain conditions such as multiple sclerosis. At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.
After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.
We offer a multitude of effective treatment options, including:
- Prescription Medications
- Physical Therapy
- Relaxation Techniques
- Psychotherapy & Meditation Training
- Nutritional Counseling
- Vitamin & Magnesium Intravenous Supplementation
- Sleep Evaluation & Management
You can trust your treatment will be in the most capable hands, and that we will help guide you through your management of MS.
We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.
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