What is MS?

Learn more about the autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease affecting the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It occurs when the body’s defense system attacks the central nervous system, damaging the protective insulation, known as the myelin, that surrounds the nerve fibers. Any time part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged, nerve impulses traveling between the body and brain are interrupted, causing various symptoms associated with MS. 
Nearly one million people in the United States have MS, making it one of the most common neurological diseases. MS can appear at any age but most commonly manifests between the ages of 20 and 50 and affects women three times as often as men. 

Learn More About Multiple Sclerosis

Types of MS

Understand the four types of multiple sclerosis and how to identify their symptoms.

Diagnosing MS

An early and accurate multiple sclerosis diagnosis is key for delaying disease progression and improving outcomes.

Symptoms of MS

How to spot the most common and least common signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Managing MS

Most signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis can be managed effectively with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Causes of MS

The factors that can trigger the change in the immune system that causes multiple sclerosis.

MS Attacks

Treatment for flare-ups (exacerbations, relapses, or attacks) focuses on quickening recovery from attacks.

Research to Improve the Quality of Life for People with Multiple Sclerosis

Shepherd Center engages in research to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of life for individuals with MS. We have a dedicated research team at the Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos Rehabilitation and Wellness Program. The researchers study the effects of rehabilitation and exercise for people with MS. Studies are also conducted to address vocation and quality of life.

Learn More About MS Research

Multiple sclerosis therapists at Shepherd Center test waling using an assistive device called the Bioness

The Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center

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