Multiple sclerosis has no cure but many treatments

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, occurs when the body’s immune system—for reasons unknown—begins to destroy myelin, a fatty tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibers. Over time, this destruction leads to scar tissue that prevents nerves from transmitting electrical signals from the brain to muscles and tissues. MS can cause different levels of disability depending on how severe the disease is and how it is managed.

Unlike many neurological conditions that are more likely to start late in life, multiple sclerosis is a chronic, progressive disease that most often begins between 20-40 years of age and impacts women more often than men.

Multiple sclerosis treatment

As an autoimmune disorder, MS typically gets worse over time. It attacks the body off and on for years, doing further damage and causing more severe symptoms. Baylor Scott & White Health has neurologists on staff that specialize in MS treatment. They can offer a wide range of treatment options that can slow the progression of reoccurring attacks and help the body recover after an attack.

Multiple sclerosis treatment plans may include:

  • Medication
  • Assistive technology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)

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