Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, debilitating disease of the central nervous system. The symptoms of MS can range from mild—producing little or no disability—to severe—leading to substantial disability, sometimes quickly. The unpredictable physical and emotional effect can be life-long, but effective treatment can help manage symptoms and change the course of the disease.
The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center at CentraState was created to help improve the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis and their families in the tri-state region. We provide comprehensive, high-quality care through accurate diagnosis, education, the establishment of appropriate care plans, and individualized treatment, with a special emphasis on various support systems.
Our expert team at the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center offers comprehensive care for MS patients, including:
- Injection training
- Medication review
- Symptom management
- Patient and family education
- Patient advocacy
- Coordination of services within the center and community
The MS therapies practiced at CentraState are key components to treating symptoms and helping patients achieve their best health, such as:
- Lumbar puncture
- Triple evoked potential testing
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Aquatic therapy
- Patient and family support group
- Wheelchair clinic
- Orthotist-prosthetist evaluations
- Cognitive testing and training
- Patient education programs
- Onsite outpatient pharmacy
- Wellness program
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatment typically focuses on slowing the progression of the disease, speeding recovery from attacks, and managing MS symptoms. Treatments may include:
- Immunomodulators/disease-modifying therapies
- Monoclonal antibodies
- Intrathecal baclofen and pump management for severe spasticity
- Symptom management
- Bowel and bladder management
- VitalStim® therapy for swallowing disorders
The Linda E. Cardinale MS Center offers two comprehensive wellness programs designed to address the physical and psychological issues associated with MS.
MS Wellness Program
This one-of-a-kind and award-winning 12-week program helps strengthen mind and body through:
Education: Patients learn about best nutrition practices for those with MS, how to manage stress and deal with continence issues, and how to avoid depression.
Aquatics: A cool-water pool, buoys, and other water-resistance tools help patients build strength and improve balance. The program also offers non-certification scuba classes, which help patients improve their balance while having fun.
Exercise: Group classes help improve movement and increase flexibility through various seated exercises, weightlifting, strength and conditioning, tai chi, and Pilates techniques.
Wellness Graduate Program
After completing the initial 12-week MS Wellness Program, graduates may participate in an advanced program that consists of strength and balance classes, yoga and aquatics. This includes tai chi, a system of gentle exercises and flowing movements that reduces stress and promotes balance.
To learn more about the MS wellness programs, call 732-294-2700 or speak with your physician.
TEAMING UP FOR TREATMENT
A team of specialists provide coordinated care at the Linda E. Cardinale MS Center. The team is led by neurologists who specialize in MS, including:
- Medical director Amos Katz, MD, fellowship trained at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut
- Caren Marks, MD, fellowship trained at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC
- Terence McAlarney, MD, fellowship trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC
These experts are supported by a nurse coordinator, occupational and physical therapists, and speech and language pathologists. We offer specialized physician services, including a physiatrist and a urologist for urological evaluation and treatment for bladder problems. Additional support systems include nutritionists, social workers, equipment vendors, home care companies to assist in coordinating care, and psychotherapists for counseling.
2019 Multiple Sclerosis Benefit
Every year, CentraState Healthcare Foundation holds a Multiple Sclerosis Benefit. Learn more about how you can attend the fundraiser and support the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center.
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