Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Newton Wellesley Hospital treats patients who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) — an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. The goal of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic is to help patients reach maximum independence through healthy lifestyle adjustments, medications, rehabilitative treatments and clinical trials.
We believe in a team approach. In addition to providing a comprehensive neurological evaluation and interpretation of diagnostic studies, we involve nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and social work assessments as needed. We also work closely with our urologists and ophthalmologists.
A multidisciplinary team helps patients manage symptoms, which can include vision problems, muscle weakness, difficulty with coordination, loss of sensation, concentration and memory problems and bladder issues.
Phone: 617-243-NWMS (6967)
Hours: Our clinic meets each Tuesday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Location: The MS Clinic is located at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on the fourth floor of the Hospital (Center elevators) in the Neurophysiology Suite.
Because Multiple Sclerosis can be unpredictable and require different types of medical expertise, Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Multiple Sclerosis Clinic provides a full array of services. Our team has extensive experience with the disease so we can help patients and their families manage both the acute and long-term effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Patients can ask questions and get well-informed answers in an environment that is friendly and supportive.
Our collaborative approach allows us to work together to design the best plan of care for a patient.
An added benefit of the Clinic is that patients can receive all of their care in one place, eliminating the need to visit specialists in scattered locations.
Our team includes:
- Occupational Therapists
- Ophthalmology Services
- Physical Therapists
- Social Services
- Urological Services
- Other Specialty Services
We also offer an onsite infusion clinic and provide a setting for peer groups to meet and discuss their concerns.
With the advent of electronic medical records we are able to work closely with your primary care physician and other subspecialists and medical centers when necessary. After each visit you will receive a mailed summary of your care and proposed treatment plan.
The Partners Advantage
Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a member of the Partners HealthCare System. This affiliation enables the staff of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic to coordinate the care our patients receive at other Partners-affiliated hospitals. We are also able to enroll our patients in some of the studies or programs being conducted at these hospitals.
Addressing the Uncertainty of Multiple Sclerosis
Having accessed this web site, you are likely a patient, family member or friend searching for some certainty in understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is the most common chronic disabling disease of young adults.
As you pursue this goal, the best way to avoid frustration is to acknowledge at the outset that MS is more notable for its uncertainties.
Uncertainty...is the diagnosis correct?
Uncertainty...what will be my clinical course?
Uncertainty...which immunomodulatory medication should I take?
Uncertainty...does the dose matter?
Uncertainty...how much do neutralizing antibodies matter?
Uncertainty...how much do these medications decrease long term disability?
Uncertainty...what do I do if I have a relapse?
Uncertainty...how will this affect my employment?
Uncertainty...how will this affect my family?
Acknowledging these uncertainties defines the mission and philosophy of our MS clinic. We are here to minimize the uncertainties and assure that each patient’s treatment and support is optimal.
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