Doctors and Specialists
People with MS will see a variety of doctors and specialists, each focusing on a different body part or aspect of treatment. The following health care providers may make the care team:
- Neurologist: A doctor who treats symptoms of MS that affect nerves, including shakes, numbness, muscle and limb weakness and thinking abilities.
- Physiatrist: A doctor who specializes in rehabilitation therapy. This includes creating a treatment plan to help improve or prevent loss of day-to-day function.
- Occupational therapist: Plans out strategies to help people with MS perform day-to-day and work-related tasks.
- Nutritionist: Works with you on dietary needs, vitamins and meal plans.
- Physical therapist: Creates exercise programs to help with balance, coordination and strength.
- Speech pathologist: Helps people with MS deal with communication difficulties.
- Psychologist: Provides therapy to help with mood issues, which may include depression and anxiety.
- Psychiatrist: A doctor who can prescribe medication or other therapies to help with mental health issues.
- Urologist: A doctor who treats urinary tract problems.
- Nurse: Provides education on MS and helps coordinate care.
- Social worker: Puts people with MS in touch with support groups, helps with insurance or disability forms and locates agencies that are needed for additional services.
- Family physician or internist: Doctors who coordinate care and treat any problems that may be occurring alongside MS.