What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of millions of people worldwide. When someone is affected by multiple sclerosis, the insulating covers of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain are damaged, which then disrupts the communication of parts of the nervous system. As a result, a range of physical and mental signs and symptoms can occur. The severity, specific symptoms, and progress of MS cannot be predicted yet in any one person. The disease also affects people both younger and older, with the average person being diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and women being at least two to three times more susceptible to the disease than men.
Multiple Sclerosis Partner in Care
To help combat and manage the symptoms of this disease, the NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge has designed a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program for residents in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and all across Louisiana and the United States. Leading The NeuroMedical Center in providing world-class MS care is board-certified neurologist, and MS specialist, Dr. April A. Erwin. Dr. Erwin received the rare designation as an MS Partner in Care by the National MS Society in 2016. Dr. Erwin and Louisiana’s largest team of board certified neurologists use innovative therapies and evidence-based clinical practices for the management and treatment of all conditions affecting the brain, nervous system, and spine, and are dedicated to helping you or your loved one fight against MS.
The Effects of MS & Fighting the Disease
To help fight the effects of MS, it’s best to discover the development of the disease as quickly as possible, and to start seeing a neurologist to begin a treatment program. To find out if you or a loved one has MS, be sure to look for various warning signs. Early symptoms of multiple sclerosis may include tingling, weakness, blurry vision, or numbness. Other possible signs are thinking problems, urinary problems, and muscle stiffness. MS can also take various forms with new symptoms building up over time or even occurring in isolated attacks, which may make it harder to diagnose. While the absolute cause of multiple sclerosis is still unknown, the underlying mechanism is generally thought to be failure of the myelin-producing cells or their destruction by your immune system. The good news is that with the help of the highly trained neurologists at the NeuroMedical Center and our effective MS treatment program, we can help patients relieve their symptoms as well as delay the disease’s progression. While a complete cure for MS hasn’t yet been found, our multiple sclerosis treatment program is designed to help our MS patients function after an attack and also help prevent new attacks from happening. Find out how our experienced team of MS Doctors and Neurologists at The NeuroMedical Center can help you or your loved ones fight and treat multiple sclerosis in Louisiana! Contact us today to find out more information about our treatment options and set up a consultation.
Dr. Erwin & The NeuroMedical Center are Ready to Help
In an effort to give our Baton Rouge, Louisiana MS patients the best possible care, we have some of the best doctors and specialists in the U.S. practicing at our hospital. Specifically, The NeuroMedical Center is home to Dr. April A. Erwin, a board certified neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis, botox, intrathecal baclofen pumps, and EMG/NCV. Dr. Erwin graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University with a degree in Religious Studies and philosophy and then attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her master’s degree. It was after this that Dr. Erwin pursued medicine and attended and graduated medical school at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. While completing her residency in Multiple Sclerosis at Georgetown University, Dr. Erwin also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Erwin began working at the NeuroMedical Center in 2012, and has been recognized numerous times since she began for her outstanding ongoing work in the field of Multiple Sclerosis and has authored many publications in medical and scientific journals about MS. She has also served in 10 MS clinical trials where she was either the primary or sub-primary investigator. Dr. Erwin is a board certified neurologist, and proudly informs and educates the public and her patients about new advancements in MS treatment and care. If you or a loved one have MS or have any questions or concerns about MS or other neurological disorders, contact Dr. Erwin at The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options and our MS Treatment Program. For nearly 40 years The NeuroMedical Center has made it a commitment to provide our patients with the most advanced neurological care and treatment available.