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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, often called MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking.

MS is different for each person, but generally it follows one of four courses:

  • Relapsing-remitting, where symptoms fade and then return off and on for many years.
  • Secondary progressive, which at first follows a relapsing-remitting course and then becomes progressive. “Progressive” means it steadily gets worse.
  • Primary progressive, where the disease is progressive from the start.
  • Progressive relapsing, where the symptoms come and go but nerve damage steadily gets worse.

Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington offers comprehensive examinations and testing to accurately diagnose MS. We also provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to help reduce some physical problems caused by MS, and can help patients manage the medications they are taking to treat the disease.


The MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington has been active in the search for new and innovative treatments for many of the devastating neurologic diseases that affect our community. The MultiCare Research Institute has partnered with the MultiCare Neuroscience Center of Washington to provide research opportunities to our community in many areas of neurologic science including multiple sclerosis.

John Huddlestone, MD and the site are nationally recognized for excellence. He has been involved in clinical trials for more then two decades. Trials are conducted at South Sound’s only nationally recognized Multiple Sclerosis Center.

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