SEPA Pain & Spine
Pain Management located throughout Southeast Pennsylvania
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic condition that causes a wide range of disruptive symptoms in more than one million American adults. SEPA Pain & Spine in Horsham, Langhorne, Meadowbrook, or Chalfont, Pennsylvania, provides personalized interventional pain management treatments to ease your symptoms and restore your quality of life. For expert multiple sclerosis treatments, call or use the online booking tool today to make an appointment!
Multiple Sclerosis Q&A
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease that attacks the central nervous system — your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, although environmental factors and abnormal immune system activity contribute to the disease.
An abnormal immune response causes inflammation of your nerves and the myelin that surrounds and insulates them. Inflammation damages myelin or nerves, creating lesions and scar tissue that disrupt or stop nerve signals.
What are the signs of multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis causes a wide range of symptoms that vary between patients. Some of the more prevalent signs of multiple sclerosis include:
- Dysesthesia (MS hug)
- Problems walking
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle spasticity
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
Multiple sclerosis can also cause cognitive difficulties, depression, and emotional changes. It can interfere with your sexual response as well as your bowel and bladder control.
How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?
Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is a process of elimination. There isn’t a test to precisely identify the condition, so you may need a series of tests to rule out other conditions. Some of the tests that confirm a multiple sclerosis diagnosis include:
- Physical exams
- Neurological testing
- Blood tests
- Evoked potential test
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
Physicians look for at least two damaged areas with scar tissue or lesions to confirm that your symptoms and attacks are due to multiple sclerosis.
How is multiple sclerosis treated?
Treatment for multiple sclerosis is a highly personalized process, as every patient has unique needs. Following a thorough consultation and exam, SEPA Pain & Spine creates a tailored program to prevent and alleviate your symptoms. Your program may include:
A wide range of medications is available to manage multiple sclerosis. You may benefit from corticosteroids to reduce inflammation during an attack. Oral and infusion medicines are also available to slow or stop the progression of the disease.
Physical therapy helps you improve your strength, stamina, and flexibility, which can restore your mobility and ability to complete day-to-day tasks. Your physical therapist can also teach you to use assistive devices.
SEPA Pain & Spine encourages healthy habits. Make sure to get plenty of rest, regular gentle exercise, and consume a balanced diet. Take care to manage stress and take care of your emotional health.
Call SEPA Pain & Spine today or make an appointment online for expert, personalized treatment for multiple sclerosis.
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