Helping You Manage Your Multiple Sclerosis

How your doctor in Franklin, TN, can help you when you have MS

When you have multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, you already know how difficult it can be to manage. You deserve to live a full, active life, even with MS. Dr. Mehta at BrainCare ( Brain Injury and Stroke Rehab) in Franklin, TN, is a physiatrist who specializes in Brain Injury Medicine and provides a wide range of brain injury and stroke rehabilitation services, particularly in rehabilitative interventions such as physical medicine, and injections.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition. When you have multiple sclerosis, it means the myelin sheath, which covers your nerves, is damaged. This damage causes impairment in the signals from the brain to the nerves.

The signs and symptoms of MS are significant, and they include:

  • Numbness or weakness usually on one side of your body
  • Feelings of electric shock when you bend your neck
  • Dizziness, tremors, and fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems with coordination
  • Eye pain, double vision, blurred vision, or loss of vision
  • Difficulty with speech, including slurred speech
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be made with a spinal tap and MRI. A blood test is included to rule out other conditions.

Multiple sclerosis can be managed effectively to lessen the frequency and severity of signs and symptoms. Dr. Mehta specialist may recommend:

  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation of your nerves
  • Beta interferon to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms
  • Copaxone, to suppress your immune system and help prevent damage to the myelin sheath
  • Plasmapheresis, to replace plasma with a protein solution
  • Physical therapy to increase your muscle strength and flexibility
  • Mobility aids and other devices to help you in your daily life
  • Dietary and lifestyle modifications to help you stay healthy

To find out more about management and treatment of multiple sclerosis, call Dr. Mehta at BrainCare ( Brain Injury and Stroke Rehab) in Franklin, TN. You can reach her in the office by calling (615) 450-6758, so call today.