Overview

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease that affects the central nervous system, in particular the brain and spinal cord. The causes of MS are not well understood, but it is generally believed to involve an autoimmune process. In autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks itself, targeting the cells, tissues, and organs of a person’s own body.

The severity, progression, and symptoms of MS can vary widely from person to person. Common symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, balance problems, spasticity, numbness, bladder and bowel problems, vision loss, tremors, and depression. Treatment is available to relieve symptoms, and, for some types of MS, to slow disease progression. Over the past decade, research has shown that early and active management of MS can improve a patient’s outcome and quality of life.

Comprehensive Care for Multiple Sclerosis

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Our multidisciplinary team of experts will evaluate you and offer recommendations for your treatment. Our goal is to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive neurological evaluations and multiple sclerosis diagnosis
  • Second opinions regarding a multiple sclerosis diagnosis or treatment plan
  • Comprehensive care for multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Personalized treatment plans that address the full spectrum of multiple sclerosis symptoms
  • Rehabilitation services designed to ease multiple sclerosis symptoms
  • Research-based treatments
  • Clinical trials

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