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Those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) know that it is a lifelong neurological disease with far-reaching and variable implications. Treatment paths often vary for each patient and doctors strive to meet the ever-changing needs of those affected by the disease, which is why the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers developed an “MS Specialist” certification program. Seven providers at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health recently obtained the special certification, which reflects knowledge in the specialization of MS care.
Four physical therapists, one occupational therapist, one nurse practitioner and one social worker are now certified “MS Specialists.” The credential illustrates the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Program for Multiple Sclerosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas’ commitment to offering an interdisciplinary approach to MS care and treatment for more than 2, 500 people living with MS in southern Nevada.
“The treatment of MS is much different than the treatment of other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease,” said Jen Nash, manager of rehabilitation services at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. “Each and every individual patient requires a unique treatment path and a cadre of health care providers and I’m thrilled that the MS team achieved official CMSC recognition of their expertise.”
The goal of the certification process is to provide quality and consistent treatment to those living with MS. Training entails recognizing and establishing MS specialists, establishing basic knowledge to practice MS and continuing education.
Unlike many therapy programs, the Mellen Program for MS at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health focuses on the education of body awareness including, postural control and using exercise to manage symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, which are extremely prevalent in MS.
MS rehabilitation sessions will consist of individualized skilled treatment that requires recommendation from the Center’s MS doctors, Hua and Hersh. Those interested in seeking treatment can make an appointment with either doctor by calling 702- 483-6000.
For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, visit ClevelandClinic.org/BrainHealth.
Photo: The newly certified MS Specialist team, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain HealthBack to All