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
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.
The Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center
2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1465
Clinic, Rehabilitation, and Wellness Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET