Multiple Sclerosis (MS) CenterMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system which can affect an individual’s ability to write, speak or walk, as a result of a disruption between the communication of the brain and other parts of the body. At Hackensack Meridian Health, our goal is to treat all of your individual symptoms in order to improve your quality of life and neurological function. We have two MS treatment locations across New Jersey so you can access quality care close to home: Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
There is no one test that can diagnose multiple sclerosis. To diagnose MS, our team begins by reviewing your symptoms and health history. Additional tests may include blood work, a spinal tap, imaging studies, a motor function assessment and neuropsychological assessments.
Our center addresses the care needs of people with MS and related disorders such as:
- Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders
- Transverse myelitis
- Optic neuritis
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease, which currently requires life-long treatment. Our team will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your history, examination, MRI findings and other factors. MS medication options are utilized to manage symptoms, treat relapses, and reduce the number of attacks and/or slow the progression of the disease. These medication treatment options may include:
- Injectable medications: Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone
- Oral medications: Aubagio, Gilenya, Tecifidera
- Infused medications: Lemtrada, Novantrone, Ocrevus, Tysabri
We recognize that multiple sclerosis affects multiple domains of one’s health, including mobility, vision, thinking, memory, pain, mood, bladder, bowel and sexual function. Our highly specialized team provides a wide variety of services and treatments for multiple sclerosis and is committed to seamless, state-of-the-art care for MS, including:
- Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Dysfunction Management
- Botox Injections and Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy Pump
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Headache Management
- Infusion Therapy
- Neuropsychological Assessments
- Pain management
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Psychological Support
- Specialty Sleep Services
- Speech Therapy
- Swallow Therapy
- Vision Services
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health
Patients with multiple sclerosis can receive expert care at both Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. At both hospitals, patients receive care from a full team of specialists.
Our physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center are active investigators in cutting-edge MS research, offering patients access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
The MS Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is accredited by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its comprehensive, interprofessional approach to MS and related conditions for patients of all ages.
Research and Clinical Trials for MS
The Hackensack Meridian Health Neuroscience Institutes at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center conduct advanced clinical research in pursuit of advancing science and improving outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis. The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is accredited by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its comprehensive, interprofessional approach to MS and related conditions for patients of all ages.
Our neurological experts are equipped to care for the most intricate cases; from our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians who hold the highest level of training and accreditation possible in their specialty, to our highly skilled nurses, we provide you with the best treatment options possible.