Though there is not a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, there are many treatments available that help to treat the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. These treatments help to decrease the number of relapses (or attacks) and provide relief from the symptoms (attacks) that a person with Multiple Sclerosis has. Some treatments can also reduce the number of lesions (which cause the symptoms and attacks) and can help delay the progression of the disease. Treatment options include various medications, plasmapheresis (plasma exchange), deep brain stimulation, physical and occupational therapy, lifestyle changes (such as diet and exercise), and complementary and alternative therapies (acupuncture, massage, chiropractic therapy, vitamins and herbal supplements).
Researchers are constantly testing new treatments for Multiple Sclerosis and a doctor may suggest that a patient with Multiple Sclerosis enroll in a clinical trial. Clinical trials allow patients with a specific medical condition (like Multiple Sclerosis) to participate in research studies. During these studies, patients test the new treatment the researchers have developed. Please be advised that not all health insurance plans cover the cost of participating in a clinical trial.
Additional resources that provide an overview of the different treatment and symptoms management options for Multiple Sclerosis:
Additional resources that provide information on complications for Multiple Sclerosis:
Please click on the links in the blue “Complications and Health Aspects” box on the right side of the page to read more about the different complications.
Additional resources that provide more information on clinical trials: