Multiple Sclerosis Center
If your doctor suspects that you have multiple sclerosis (MS), or you have been diagnosed with MS, you can find the care you need at the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system.
Multiple Sclerosis Care in Central Massachusetts
The goal of the Multiple Sclerosis Center is to help you reach maximum independence through healthy lifestyle adjustments, medications, rehabilitative treatments and clinical trials.
On your first visit to our center, you should be prepared to spend several hours for your initial visit. We ask that you bring:
- MRI films: Not just the report
- All related doctors’ notes: If you do not have copies, you should send a signed letter (called a medical release) to each appropriate doctor several weeks before your scheduled visit requesting that the notes be forwarded to the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.
- A prepared written history: Keep a log of your symptoms and a list of questions you would like to discuss with us.
Multiple Sclerosis Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center
Some of the center’s clinical services for multiple sclerosis include:
- Complete neurological evaluations and treatments of MS symptoms
- Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of immune mediate diseases such as neurolupus, neurosarcoidosis and vasculitis, as well as neuro-HIV infection
- Consultation for bracing services
- Access to physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Links to investigational drug trials of new treatments for chronic and/or relapsing MS
- Psychological evaluation and counseling
- Nursing and educational services
- Treat of spasticity (tight or stiff muscles) treatment using a variety of medications, including the bacolofen a pump (IBT), which delivers the medicine directly to the affected area.
A Team Approach for Multiple Sclerosis
At the UMass Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Center, you will benefit from our team approach. In addition to providing comprehensive neurological evaluation and interpretation of your diagnostic studies, our team works with you and your family to provide comprehensive education and support throughout every phase of your illness.
Some of your team members may include:
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Social workers/case managers
- Other specialty services as required
Our MS Center is affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our Center gives you a patient-centered approach to care with convenient valet parking and/or self-park facilities, as well as the ability to receive all of your care in one place, eliminating the need to visit specialists in many locations.
Multiple Sclerosis Research and Clinical Trials
At the UMass Memorial MS Center, you will learn about the many clinical trials available to you to evaluate the effectiveness of drugs and treatments for MS. Currently, our center is the site of several clinical trials involving patients with relapsing, remitting and primary progressive MS. Through our partnership with UMass Medical School, we are involved in clinical trials to prevent the future worsening of MS and to improve the quality of life of our patients.
Along with clinical trials, you can benefit from the ongoing clinical research studies, which are aimed at finding the cause or causes of MS. These studies generally require only one clinic visit, and may allow family members to participate by donating blood and filling out questionnaires.