MS Treatment Options
The latest treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The MS Clinic provides patients and their families with access to the latest research, education and treatment options:
- Intrathecal baclofen therapy (Baclofen pumps)
- Speech therapy to assist with swallowing disorders and speech difficulties
- Physical and occupational therapy to increase stability, mobility and coordination
- Driving assessments to determine safety behind the wheel
- Urology services to address bladder problems
- Pain management services
- Medication management
- Dietary consultation
- Exercise programs
- Stress management programs
- Access to clinical research trials
- Behavioral health services
In addition to medical care, the clinic offers peer support groups and patient support services. We also offer health counseling for sexual, family and emotional issues.
Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
MS patients who experience severe spasticity (involuntary tightening of the muscles) may experience reduced spasticity with ITB therapy. Intrathecal therapy is also associated with fewer side effects than oral baclofen.
ITB treatment involves surgically implanting a pump just beneath the skin of the abdomen. The pump injects medication directly into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. In this way, only small amounts of medication are required, rather than oral medications which circulate throughout the entire body. ITB dosage can be easily adjusted for each patient. Refills of medication are injected into the pump every 2-3 months. The pump can be removed at any time.
Several medications are approved to modulate the immune system in an effort to prevent Multiple Sclerosis attacks. These drugs may reduce future disability and improve quality of life for many people with MS, no matter what the level of disability, age or frequency of relapse. These medications are usually continued indefinitely unless there is a clear lack of benefit or intolerable side effects.
Currently our MS Clinic is involved in research with therapies for Multiple Sclerosis as well as investigating blood tests associated with MS.