Health professionals who may be involved in evaluating
symptoms of MS and treating the condition include:
Family doctors or
internists. Consult your doctor when symptoms first
start. He or she will refer you to a neurologist if needed. If you have
MS, your family doctor or internist can treat your general health problems even
if you see a neurologist for MS treatment.
neurologist can decide whether your symptoms are caused by MS. He or she can also help you
decide what may be the best treatment for your condition.
Many university medical centers and large hospitals have
MS clinics or centers staffed by neurologists and other health professionals
who specialize in diagnosing and treating MS. They may be able to provide the
most thorough evaluation.
If you have been diagnosed with MS, at
some point you may need to seek the help of:
physical therapist, to assist with exercise to
maintain body strength and flexibility and deal with movement
occupational therapist, to identify ways of
accomplishing daily activities if MS has caused any physical
pain management specialist, to help with any
significant chronic pain that MS may cause. A pain specialist,
often as part of a pain clinic, can help find ways of reducing pain when
possible and dealing with pain that doesn't go away.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 11, 2014
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