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Care for Multiple Sclerosis

Why Choose Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis at University of Colorado Hospital?

With just the right balance of patient care, research and education, University of Colorado Hospital provides the highest quality neurological and neurosurgical care in the nation for conditions including multiple sclerosis.

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The Rocky Mountain MS Center at Anschutz Medical Campus offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services, cutting-edge treatment, and a multidisciplinary approach to managing your MS symptoms.

Call (720) 848-2080 to request an appointment

Your doctors at the MS Center will access the most current clinical trial and research data to help them create an optimal treatment plan for you.

Treatment for a range of MS symptoms

The MS Center provides expert treatment for a range of symptoms, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Movement and balance disorder
  • Vision and speech problems
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Bladder and bowel problems

Services we provide

  • Neuro-opthalmology
  • Neuro-radiology
  • Neuro-urology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Speech pathology
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavioral neurology

Watch this YouTube video about the pediatric MS clinic at the MS Center.

Tests and Treatments

Tests for Multiple Sclerosis

A doctor will conduct a complete medical history and will discuss your symptoms with you. A test of your reflexes, coordination and vision may also be performed. 

Diagnostic tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be also be performed to diagnose multiple sclerosis.

Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor Consulting Patient

A variety of medications
are used to treat symptoms
of multiple sclerosis.

Medications. A variety of medications are available to treat multiple sclerosis. Among these are medications that lessen the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, modify the course of the disease and treat attacks (a sudden worsening of symptoms).

Deep Brain Stimulation. Deep Brain Stimulation is a type of surgery that helps relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis by inactivating portions of the brain.

Deep brain stimulation is recommended only after medications that have been used to control symptoms have failed.

Physical Therapy. Physical therapy can help patients manage balance problems, weakness and pain.

Patient Education

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor consultation

Certain treatments can
minimize the symptoms
of multiple sclerosis.

The severity of multiple sclerosis varies among patients. Symptoms can range from muscle weakness to paralysis. Self-care techniques such as getting enough rest, avoiding excessive heat, and eating a well-balanced diet can help relieve MS symptoms. Many patients find counseling and support groups to be helpful.

Most patients find they cope better with the disease by seeking support from family and friends and keeping up with their hobbies and interests.

Multiple sclerosis can’t be cured – yet. But targeted medications and treatments can minimize the symptoms.

Talk to your doctor about medicines that might improve your symptoms or the symptoms of a family member or loved one. Discuss any side effects that may result from taking medication.

Multiple Sclerosis: Getting a Second Opinion

People who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis may choose to seek additional medical advice from another doctor or specialist.

Support Groups

Additional Resources

Physician consultation

Multiple Sclerosis at a Glance

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. It is classified as an autoimmune disorder.

In autoimmune disorders, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells instead of foreign damaging cells.

In MS, tissue that surrounds nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord is attacked, resulting in scar tissue. This scar tissue builds up and causes interference with nerve transmission between the brain and spinal cord, leading to symptoms such as loss of muscle control, vision and balance.

A widespread disease

Multiple sclerosis affects about 400,000 Americans and is more common in women than in men.

Most people are between the ages of 20 and 50 when diagnosed with the disease.

The severity of multiple sclerosis varies from person to person, but the most common symptoms include:

  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or abnormal sensations
  • Vision problems
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and attention problems

 

UC Denver physicians seek MS treatment breakthrough

Read a recent story posted on Denver's 7News website about new treatment strategies to combat multiple sclerosis.