MS affects over 400,000 people in the United States and up to 2.5 million people worldwide. Since most people are diagnosed before they turn 30, MS has been called the most common disability-causing illness for people under 45-years-old. Gender and race also play a role. Women are 70% more likely to have MS than men. People of European descent are twice as likely to have MS as African Americans and Asian Americans.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. In MS, nerve cells are damaged by the body's own white blood cells. MS is different for everyone. Not only do people have different symptoms, relapses, and progression, but they also have different types of MS. There are many common symptoms that people with MS experience. As MS progresses, some symptoms may lessen, get worse, or change altogether. While MS symptoms may lessen or even disappear for a while, they may then return. This is called a flare-up or relapse. Relapses are an unavoidable part of having MS. Although no one's MS is exactly the same, there is a common pattern to MS progression.
Our neurological physical, occupational and speech therapists at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital are specially trained to treat people with MS. They possess a strong understanding of the variability and difficulties associated with this disease.