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Providing Expert Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Care

The NeuroMedical Center in Baton Rouge has designed a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program dedicated to helping patients living with MS.  Our neurologically-focused campus is one of just three in Louisiana designated by the National MS Society as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care in its Partners in Care program. Our MS program provides outstanding disease management for 1,500 patients with MS and related disorders. The NeuroMedical Center delivers an unparalleled level of MS care by offering the full range of MS services under one roof.

Comprehensive MS Services:

What Is MS?

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. Currently there is no cure for MS.

MS Causes & Symptoms

The symptoms of MS are quite varied, and virtually any region of the central nervous system may be affected.  Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may occur in varying degrees of intensity, ranging from mild to severe. The most common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Pain
  • Emotional Changes
  • Gait (Walking) Issues
  • Stiffness & Muscle Spasms
  • Vision Problems
  • Bladder/Bowel Problems
  • Cognitive Changes
  • Depression

The Different Types of MS

While there is no way to predict with any certainty how a person’s MS will progress, four basic disease courses have been defined:

Relapsing-Remitting

People with this type of MS experience clearly defined flare ups (also called relapses, attacks or exacerbations). These are episodes of acute worsening of neurologic function. They are followed by partial or complete recovery periods (remissions) that are free of disease progression.

Primary-Progressive

People with this type of MS experience a slow but nearly continuous worsening of their disease from the onset, with no distinct relapses or remissions. However, there are variations in rates of  progression over time, occasional plateaus and temporary minor improvements.

Secondary-Progressive

People with this type of MS experience an initial period of relapsing-remitting MS, followed by a steadily worsening disease course with or without occasional flare-ups, minor recoveries (remissions), or plateaus.

Progressive-Relapsing

People with this type of MS experience a steadily worsening disease from the onset but subsequently have clear acute relapses (attacks or exacerbations), with or without recovery. In contrast to relapsing remitting MS, the periods between relapses are characterized by continuing disease progression.

Dedicated to MS Care in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

In 2018, the National MS Society designated the The NeuroMedical Center as an MS Comprehensive Care Center. This achievement recognizes the ability of our neurological campus to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to patients with MS, while also contributing to important research advances.

As a multi-specialty program, The NeuroMedical Center’s team of neurological specialists, MS-trained nurses, and physical and occupational therapists, collaborate with experts across multiple disciplines to provide exceptional diagnosis, care, and management of MS and associated disorders.  The NeuroMedical Center also works with the local chapter of the National MS Society to assure the highest level of care for our patients.

MS Leadership

Leading The NeuroMedical Center in providing world-class MS care is board-certified neurologist and MS specialist, Dr. April A. Erwin.  Dr. Erwin joined The NeuroMedical Center in 2012 and was named a Partner in MS Care by the National MS Society in 2016.  Dr. Erwin completing her medical training, neurology residency, and a fellowship in multiple sclerosis at prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  She has since served as the Greater Baton Rouge area’s only fellowship-trained multiple sclerosis specialist, currently overseeing care for 1,5000 men and women living with MS and related disorders in South Louisiana.  She has earned recognition for her work in the field of MS research, serving as the primary or sub-primary investigator for 10 MS clinical trials. She is also the author of multiple publications in MS-related medical and scientific journals.

MS Clinical Trials

In addition to providing an outstanding level of comprehensive patient care, our team of MS experts are at the forefront of research into new treatments of MS. Dr. Erwin is actively researching a variety of MS medications and non-pharmacologic treatments. Our in-house Clinical Research department located on the 4th floor of The NeuroMedical Center is currently researching new treatments for MS, and offers our patients access to potentially groundbreaking therapies currently only available in clinical trials.

Fighting MS Together

At  The NeuroMedical Center’s Comprehensive Care Center, we understand that MS affects each person in unique ways.  That’s why we are dedicated to providing outstanding care focused on your individual needs.  Every patient has a unique treatment plan that can range from medications, infusion treatment, and rehabilitation therapies that help manage symptoms. 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 an MS Specialist to begin a treatment program. For the best in MS care, contact The NeuroMedical Center today or request an appointment online.

"Thanks to God, Dr. April Erwin, and her team at The NeuroMedical Center, multiple sclerosis has NEVER stood in the way of my passion: Teaching!"

Dana Morrison

Elementary School Teacher

Request an Appointment at The NeuroMedical Center

Online appointment requests from NEW patients are handled Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m-5:00 p.m. Please fill out the form below, and one of our Scheduling specialists will reach out to you within one business day. You can also request an appointment by calling The NeuroMedical Center Clinic Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (225) 768-2050.