Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases. It affects both sexes and all ages, but is most likely to develop between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are twice as likely to contract the disease.
MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, classified as a demyelinating disorder - myelin (the protective covering of nerve fibers) and myelin-forming cells are destroyed.
Initial symptoms may include difficulty with:
Disease progression may lead to long-term disability, making early diagnosis and treatment essential to protect the brain and spinal cord from injury.
Treatment is based on careful consideration of patient characteristics, as well as the effectiveness and safety of individual drugs. We also pay close attention to other factors that can influence MS, including nutrition, exercise, mental health, tobacco use and alternative medicine.