Doctors and Specialists
Patients with MS will see a variety of doctors and specialists, each focusing on a different body part or aspect of treatment. The following providers may make up your care team for multiple sclerosis:
Neurologist: Treats symptoms of multiple sclerosis that affect nerves like shakes, muscles and limb weakness, and thinking abilities.
Physiatrist: Specializes in rehabilitation therapy. Creates treatment plans to help prevent loss of day-to-day function.
Occupational Therapist: Plans out strategies to help patients perform work-related tasks.
Nutritionist: Plans out dietary needs, vitamins and meal plans.
Physical Therapist: Creates exercise programs to help with balance, coordination and strength.
Speech Pathologist: Help patients deal with communication problems.
Psychologist: Provides therapy to help with mood problems like depression and anxiety.
Psychiatrist: Provides medication or other therapies to help with mental health issues.
Urologist: Deals with urinary tract problems.
Nurse: Provides education and helps coordinate care.
Social Worker: Puts patients in touch with support groups, helps with insurance or disability forms, and locates agencies that are needed for additional services.
Family Physician or Internist: Coordinates care and treats any problems that may be occurring alongside MS.