What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. This condition can lead to various symptoms, including fatigue, mobility issues, vision problems, and cognitive impairment.
At ARC, our neurological team works closely with you to develop a plan of care that reflects your goals, promoting your health and well-being. We also educate our MS patients to understand the symptoms associated with the disease.
Meet our MS specialist
Meet Dr. Andino, our Neurologist leading ARC's MS treatment with compassion and dedication. She is experienced in the latest MS treatment advancements and committed to diagnosing, treating, and providing the highest quality care and support for individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Diana N. Andino, MD
Board Certified, Neurology, specializing in MS
Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
Diagnosis and evaluation
Our experienced neurology team uses advanced tools and techniques to diagnose MS accurately. Our neurological experts conduct a thorough evaluation to understand each patient’s unique circumstance and develop an effective treatment plan.
Multiple sclerosis care
Although MS is incurable, some medicines have been shown to reduce the effects and rate of progression of the disease. Our MS experts work closely with you to prescribe and monitor disease-modifying therapy (DMT) and can also treat acute relapses. Therapies are taken in the form of infusions or steroids and are administered at our infusion center at ARC Four Points.
- Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE)
Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE)
Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) is a disorder characterized by brain inflammation. This chronic condition causes the immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues in the brain or spinal cord.
- Central Nervous System (CNS) Vasculitis
Central Nervous System (CNS) Vasculitis
Central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis is a disease that causes inflammation in the small arteries and veins in the brain and/or spinal cord. The condition can restrict blood flow to the brain, which can cause loss of brain function and other life-threatening complications.
- Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) refers to a first episode of neurological symptoms caused by inflammation/demyelination in the central nervous system. CIS lasts at least 24 hours and may or may not progress to multiple sclerosis (MS) over time. It is considered a type of demyelinating disorder.
- Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein (MOG) Antibody Disease
Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein (MOG) Antibody Disease
Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody disease is an autoimmune disorder that presents symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis (MS). This disease has antibodies directed toward the myelin in the central nervous system and causes inflammation in the optic nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain.
- Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD)
Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD)
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is an inflammatory disease that tends to affect the optic nerves and spinal cord. This disease may also affect the brain, although it's more unlikely.
Neurosarcoidosis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and abnormal cell deposits in the central nervous system. Symptoms associated with the disease can vary and can be similar to those of multiple sclerosis (MS).
- Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)
Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)
Primary progressive MS (PPMS) is a type of multiple sclerosis (MS) that steadily worsens neurological functions in the beginning. This type of MS has no flare-ups or relapses.
- Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is a type of multiple sclerosis (MS) where you have relapses followed by recovery (remission). Your disability doesn’t get worse between relapses but can worsen after each relapse.
- Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)
Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)
Secondary progressive MS (SPMS) is a stage of multiple sclerosis (MS) that develops from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) for many people. With SPMS, your disability gets steadily worse.
- Transverse Myelitis (TM)
Transverse Myelitis (TM)
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a neurological disorder that happens when both sides in one section of the spinal cord experience inflammation. This condition can lead to muscle weakness, pain, and bladder dysfunction.