Customized, Comprehensive Care for Managing Multiple Sclerosis

If you are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), you know it can make your daily activities difficult. The varied and sometimes unpredictable nature of the illness means that the physical, psychological and neuropsychological implications can be different for each patient. It is important to identify an appropriate course of treatment that is developed for your specific symptoms.

Finding the right medical team can make all the difference. The specialty trained therapists and affiliated physicians at Memorial Hermann have the experience to approach each stage of MS with proven treatments and therapies. Our interdisciplinary team can develop a targeted treatment and rehabilitation plan to help stop the progression of disease and help you maintain your quality of life.

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with MS for years, our affiliated specialists can manage your full range of symptoms to find the results you need.

How Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treated?

Once a diagnosis is made, physicians affiliated with Mischer Neuroscience Institute employ the most advanced MS treatment options available, including:

  • Injectable immunomodulators
  • Immunosuppressives
  • Agents used to treat debilitating symptoms of MS, such as fatigue and bladder dysfunction

We also are experienced in the appropriate use of aggressive therapies, sometimes required for severe cases.

What Are the Therapeutic Goals for MS Treatment?

Therapeutic goals are focused on maintaining patients at the highest level of function possible. the Institute’s treatment philosophy is grounded on the early identification of disease and early use of immunoactive agents to prevent the progression of disease. All medical regimens are constructed based on each patient’s individual stage of illness.

What Rehabilitation Is Available for MS, and What Are the Benefits?

The goal of rehabilitation is to improve and maintain function. TIRR Memorial Hermann offers a wide range of therapy and rehabilitation for MS patients, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and management of your rehabilitation needs by a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor
  • Evidence-based interventions to help you gradually improve neuromuscular control and maintain quality of life
  • Training for you and your family on using adaptive devices, such as a wheelchair or braces
  • Neuropsychological assessment for problems such as attention, memory and problem- solving skills
  • Psychological assessment and treatment for coping skills and to manage depression or anxiety
  • Physical therapy to optimize muscle control, balance, flexibility and mobility, as well as to build strength and endurance
  • Occupational therapy to help you develop the necessary skills for job accessibility-- everything from personal grooming to driving and working
  • Speech language pathology assessment and therapy to help you overcome problems with communication, language and swallowing
  • Recreational therapy and vocational counseling to help your transition back to home, school or work

The TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge Program provides a comprehensive range of services to help patients with MS (and other neurological injuries) maximize their potential, celebrating milestones and successes through each step of recovery. Our outcome studies show that, on average, 93 percent of those completing the treatment program met their independence and personal safety goals, decreasing their need for supervision at home and in the community.

Meet the MS Team

Treatment and rehabilitation services are provided through a coordinated effort between Mischer Neuroscience Institute and TIRR Memorial Hermann. Our interdisciplinary team works closely with the patients and their families and caregivers to foster improved quality of life and maximize positive patient outcomes. We promote close collaboration with all members of the team to ensure patients receive the most appropriate management of their illness.

TIRR Memorial Hermann is the only center in Houston--and one of only seven designated centers in the nation--in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network.

What MS Resources Are Available?

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society website contains comprehensive resources and educational materials for MS patients and their families.

Patient Stories

  • Julie Batsche

    Julie Batsche: Decades of Quality Care for MS

    April 2, 2014

    When Julie Batsche was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) by Jerry S. Wolinsky, MD, she was fresh out of college. Much has changed since her original diagnosis in 1984, yet one thing has remained a constant in Batsche’s life – her deep respect and admiration ...

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  • Leslie Martone

    Leslie Martone: A New Kind of Normal

    February 12, 2014

    For those diagnosed with a potentially debilitating disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), it would be understandable to surrender to feelings of despair and hopelessness. But that’s not the case for 39-year-old Leslie Martone, who refused to give up hope and instead has chosen to focus o...

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  • Jim Hyndman smiling

    Jim Hyndman: No Guts, No Glory

    December 11, 2013

    By the time Jim Hyndman was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2009, he was unable to walk and suffering intense, painful lower extremity muscle spasms. Today, he stands upright using a walking stick decorated with medallions from his travels. He credits the transform...

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