Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Specialties that diagnose or treat this condition:

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MS can be hard to track and measure and affects each patient differently. The M Health Fairview Multiple Sclerosis Division utilizes a comprehensive, leading-edge approach to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients living with demyelinating and autoimmune disorders of the brain and spinal cord such as MS.

Our program is affiliated with the National MS Society and works closely with the MS Foundation and the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) in order to provide educational programs that meet the needs of patients and their families.

Our Approach

Our clinicians employ a multiplicity of best-practice techniques to match patients with personalized treatment plans to care for both health and welfare. We offer the latest treatment options for all stages of MS, from earliest symptoms through advanced disease. Providers can employ a number of different assets: including traditional pharmacological intervention, world class imaging, stem cell infusions, and holistic care.

Recent research, including ongoing studies at the University of Minnesota, has opened novel monitoring and treatment opportunities for MS patients. Access to 10.5 and 7.0T fMRI offers M Health Fairview clinicians the most up-to-date imaging facilities to track the progression of the disease and quickly identify developing abnormalities. Further, developments relating to stem cell infusions, the transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells, can significantly improve disease outcomes and prolong the remission state.

In addition to these interventions, all patients receive a unique comprehensive annual visit to evaluate memory, mobility, vision, fatigue, and depression among others. This CARE (Comprehensive Annual Reference Exam) visit gathers explicit quantitative data measuring subtle changes in a patient’s neurologic condition and identifies strategies and resources to support their holistic well-being. The CARE visit involves analytics normally reserved for clinical research trials to determine how the severity of an individual’s condition is progressing over time. This assists MS clinicians to develop, engage, and direct a patient’s care team.

We also work closely with neuro-opthalmology, urology, and physical and occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to benefit patients and to create a true partnership between a patient and their team.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Speech and Language Pathology

Sometimes called speech therapists, speech-language pathologists work with children and adults to improve their ability to communicate with others. They also treat people with swallowing problems.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Physical Therapy

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