Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a central nervous system disorder that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It is believed to be an autoimmune disease, which means that the illness is caused by the body’s immune system. In the case of MS, antibodies and immune cells damage nerve cells by causing deterioration of the protective covering around those cells, a tissue called myelin. Scar tissue, or “sclerosis,” builds up on the myelin, disrupting nerve function.
The Multiple Sclerosis Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is recognized as a world leader in the research and treatment of MS.
Evaluation and Treatments
At UT Southwestern, our specialists provide individualized treatment plans that can decrease the frequency of your MS attacks and impede the onset of permanent disability.
We have specialists in virtually every discipline related to the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. This allows our clinic to better address the wide range of symptoms that can make MS difficult to treat. Our patients work with a team of physicians and other specialists to craft strategies that will bring a greater sense of control over the illness.
You will see more than one of the following specialists:
- Clinical nurse
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Rehabilitation specialist
- Social worker
- Vertigo and eye movement specialist
- Registered dietitian
UT Southwestern’s MS program works in conjunction with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and with the National Training Program for the Comprehensive Care of Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis, the only federally sponsored physicians’ training program for multiple sclerosis in the country.