How We Can Help You
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle control, strength, vision, and balance. Symptoms and severity vary in each person with MS.
At the Stanford Health Care Multiple Sclerosis Center, we partner with you to create your customized treatment plan. Our specialists use the latest therapies to manage your symptoms, supporting your independence and overall well-being.
What We Offer You for Multiple Sclerosis
- Care that brings a variety of specialists together to work with you to design care recommendations.
- Optimized outcomes that result from offering nearly two dozen approved medications, plus supportive physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. Go to Treatments
- Renowned expertise with specialists who bring the latest research in MS treatment to address the unique needs of people with various forms of MS. Go to About Condition
- Access to clinical trials that offer eligible patients today's most advanced MS treatments before they're widely available. Several of our MS Center trials have brought new treatments to patient care. Go to Clinical Trials
- Ease of access that bring multispecialists to consult you during one visit. We've designed our service and our facility to offer you comfort and ease. Go to Accessing Care
- We commonly see a new patient within two weeks, either in person or through a virtual visit. If you live faraway, we are pleased to consult with your local neurologist to guide your treatment.
As leaders in multiple sclerosis research, we recommend treatments to help you maximize function, independence, and quality of life. We are deeply knowledgeable about the entire spectrum of immunotherapies and work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your needs. As part of our commitment to personalized care, our specialists match treatment options to your specific needs, severity of symptoms, and stage of MS. We are particularly skilled in treating severe cases of MS using a broad range of pioneering therapies.
For best results and optimal health, it’s important for treatment to include both medication and rehabilitation therapies.
At Stanford Health Care, you have access to all medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for MS.
These therapies—more than 20 types—treat MS and can delay progression of the disease.
Medications for MS come in these three forms:
- Injectable medication: medicine injected under the skin or muscle
- Oral medication: tablets or capsules taken by mouth once or twice a day
- Infusion medication: medication that goes directly into the bloodstream via an IV (intravenous) line
Our physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists are not generalists. They have extensive experience working with people who have MS and other neurological disorders. Our therapists conduct thorough evaluations and tailor advanced treatments to your individual needs and lifestyle goals.
- Physical therapy for improving strength, coordination, and balance
- Occupational therapy for performing daily activities, from getting dressed to driving
- Speech therapy for strengthening mouth and tongue muscles to help with breathing, speaking, and swallowing
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate the mechanisms and unique immuno fingerprint of the disease, its causes, and potential cures, including new immunotherapies. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants.