Milwaukee, WI, September 5, 2012 – Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce the opening of a new comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic in the Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Institute at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee, 2301 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). It affects women more than men and is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis at this time. However, there are therapies that may slow the disease. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms to help individuals maintain a normal quality of life.
“Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin has a relatively high prevalence of patients living with MS,” said Dr. Michael Connor, a neurologist and Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. “Columbia St. Mary’s opened the Clinic as a direct response to the need that exists to provide care for individuals with MS in southeastern Wisconsin.”
According to Dr. Connor, while the progression of MS is often difficult to predict, there are symptoms that are more predictable than others and therapies to treat the disease. “The Clinic provides patients with access to multiple specialists experienced in identifying and treating MS,” said Dr. Connor. “The goal is to provide the right care at the right time to minimize the impact MS might have on a person’s quality of life.”
The Clinic provides patients with access to specialists in the following areas: Neurology; Neuro-radiology; Pain management; Urology and Urogynecology; Rehabilitative and spasticity management; Occupational, speech and physical therapy; Neuro-psychology; Psychiatry and counseling; Infusion therapy; Ophthalmology; Nutrition; Spiritual care; Hematology; and Social work case management.
“Effective management of patients with MS requires multiple specialties working in a coordinated manner,” said Dr. Connor. “We have developed a comprehensive clinic to ensure highly coordinated and effective treatments for patients and their families battling MS.”
The new clinic has access to free Wi-Fi, a unique gift shop, a full-service cafeteria and a meditation room.