Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: July 15, 2015
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) is an often-debilitating condition of the central nervous system that interrupts the signals sent from the brain to the rest of the body. In this article, we will discuss the potential spine issues that can occur in patients with MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Multiple Sclerosis Defined
Multiple Sclerosis (MS for short) is a disease that impacts the central nervous system. In short, the disease interrupts the signals sent from the brain to the rest of the body. When these signals are interfered with, a patient can lose partial or full control of various body parts.
Any person can develop MS, but most cases are related to a patient’s genetics. Here are a few of the common symptoms of MS:
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or legs.
- General fatigue.
- Bladder or bowel control issues.
- Vertigo and dizziness.
These symptoms can vary widely patient-to-patient. Some people may experience very minimal symptoms, while others may find it difficult to perform basic motor functions. We still do not know exactly what causes multiple sclerosis.
MS & the Spine
Since MS directly affects the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spine, and nerves, there are many associated spinal symptoms, conditions, and treatments available.
While multiple sclerosis cannot be completely cured, its symptoms can be effectively managed. There are several FDA-approved medications that can alter the course of MS and reduce the recurrence of relapses. Physical therapy, chiropractic, and even spine surgery can also be used to mitigate pain and symptoms related to the MS.
If you are experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis, make an appointment with your doctor right away to diagnose the condition. If you have already been diagnosed, talk to your physician about the various options available for managing the symptoms of the condition.