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.

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