Your neurology team at UCSF Medical Center, along with your primary care physician, will design a treatment plan tailored to your medical condition, state of health and individual needs. You may need more than one kind of treatment, or a treatment requiring several visits to the Multiple Sclerosis Center. Also, you may be referred to other doctors or health professionals.
Doctors and researchers have identified four categories of treatment for patients with MS:
Treatments may involve some risks or complications, which will be fully explained to you by your neurologist.
Treatments may include one of many medications such as:
Other medications may be prescribed to treat or control symptoms such as depression, fatigue, pain, spasticity and tremors. Treatment programs and services may include exercise and physical therapy, occupational therapy to help maintain your independence in daily living, and stress reduction.
Many new treatments, such as the use of statins or cholesterol-lowering drugs, are being developed and tested. Patients who are evaluated at the Multiple Sclerosis Center have the opportunity to participate in these studies of new treatments.
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