Multiple Sclerosis Care
What Is MS Disease
The human brain is like a “super computer” governing everything we do as humans. Our nervous system, then, is the “superhighway of wiring” that branches throughout our bodies to carry the signals our brains produces (walking, talking, breathing, eating, etc.). This wiring, much like electrical cabling, is protected by a covering. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that attacks that covering and damages the sensitive nerves underneath. When cabling of any kind is damaged, signals are slowed down and even stopped. Since this wiring is directly connected to our brains, many day-to-day functions that are normally taken for granted can be adversely affected.
MS is also progressive disease, meaning the nerve damage gets worse over time. How quickly it worsens varies from person to person.
Damage to the nerve covering is caused by inflammation which occurs when our own body’s immune cells attack the nervous system. MS seems to direct its attacks in the brain areas and spinal cord. We’re still not sure what triggers the inflammation. The most common theories point to a virus or genetic defect, or a combination of both.
What we do know is that MS affects woman more than men and the disease most commonly begins between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.
Multiple Sclerosis Care
Aurora’s main goal in treating MS is to slow down or stop the destruction of the material covering the nerves as much as possible. This is shown to significantly reduce the adverse affects of MS. While there is no cure for MS, there are several drug therapies available that may delay the disease's progression or reduce the severity of attacks and that is where the MS care experts at Aurora Health Care can help.
Multiple Sclerosis treatment
Aurora Health Care is using the most advanced MS treatment options and leading-edge technology to help patients achieve a better quality of life. Our approach to MS care and treatment is multidisciplinary, with all members of our team having dedicated themselves to the treatment of this disease. To help patients better manage their MS, our staff:
- Works with each individual to develop a personalized treatment plan
- Provides education on disease and symptom management and MS treatment options
- Offers infusion services for the administration of intravenous drug therapies
- Recommends lifestyle modification to enhance patient health
- Helps alleviate patients' fears and provides valuable health and community resources
Multiple Sclerosis Research Center
Aurora’s Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center, located at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the nation's largest MS centers. It offers comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis care and individualized attention by treating the whole patient - addressing spiritual, physical and emotional needs.
From nutrition to vitamins to exercise planning to physical therapy to counseling for sexual, family and emotional issues, the Aurora Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center covers everything when patients and their families are dealing with MS.
The center also helps address such concerns as cognitive, swallowing and speech issues, bladder/bowel difficulties, spasticity, fatigue, depression, stress, tremors and weakness.
For the management of severe spasticity, the Regional MS Center offers the intrathecal baclofen pump. For movement disorders and muscle spasms related to MS, the Center offers botulinum toxin. Intravenous immunomodulating therapies are used to treat autoimmune neurological disorders like MS by stabilizing the patient and helping to prevent an episode from worsening.
Treating MS symptoms may involve intravenous or oral steroids, anti-cancer drugs that suppress the immune system, or plasma exchange therapy (plasmapheresis).
Currently, the Aurora Regional MS Center at St. Luke's is the only place in Wisconsin involved in a study of Antegren, a medication that works as an antibody to block T-cells from crossing from the bloodstream to the brain and causing an MS attack. As another preventive measure against MS episodes, the MS center is also testing high-dose Betasoren therapy.
Multiple Sclerosis Support
Aurora’s Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center also offers multiple sclerosis support groups, seminars and patient education sessions which are open to the general public, MS patients and their families.
Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials
Additionally, the Aurora Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center is involved in on-going MS clinical trials of promising drugs and therapies that help patients better manage their condition.
Clinical research is vital to advancements in the field of health care. Research is the cornerstone for investigating disease prevention, treatment using drugs or medical devices, and other interventions.
The Division of Clinical Research at Aurora Health Care offers a variety of clinical research studies and clinical trials in a variety of health care areas. A clinical trial is a specific type of research study designed to evaluate new drugs, devices, or treatments for a variety of health problems. Clinical trials enroll people to help discover whether or not these new drugs, devices, and treatments are safe and effective.
Contact the Aurora Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center at 414-385-1801.
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