The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center of Care New England provides a comprehensive and integrated program for the evaluation and treatment of multiple sclerosis and related conditions. The Center combines quality medical care with rehabilitation services and educational programs.
It is the only MS Center in Rhode Island that is affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rhode Island Chapter. The Center promotes a positive proactive approach to managing multiple sclerosis. Accurate diagnosis, early treatment, careful monitoring, and attention to symptoms are the foundation for effective medical management. We believe education is critical in forging this therapeutic relationship between patient and physician.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a long-lasting, chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, a condition in which the body attacks itself by mistake. It is a disease that affects people differently, and some people may have only mild symptoms.
There is a fatty tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibers in the body called myelin. In MS, the myelin is destroyed in different areas. The destruction of myelin forms scar tissue called sclerosis. When the nerves are damaged, they can’t conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain.
A neurological exam will be performed by a physician and will look at some of these indicators:
Any treatment or management of MS may include:
Our comprehensive program is equipped to handle the wide range of symptoms that typically are associated with the disease. We address every aspect of a patient’s condition, providing physical, emotional, cognitive, and rehabilitation support. We also participate in research studies that offer innovative therapies.
Director, MS Center of Care New England
M.D. University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Political Science & Geology