Multiple Sclerosis Program

Complex Disease. Complex Care.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. One person might experience only one or two of the possible symptoms while another person experiences many more.

Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

  • Fatigue
  • Walking (Gait) Difficulties
  • Numbness or Tingling
  • Spasticity
  • Weakness
  • Vision Problems
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Bladder Problems
  • Sexual Problems
  • Bowel Problems
  • Pain
  • Cognitive Changes
  • Emotional Changes
  • Depression

Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Comprehensive MS care begins with the diagnosis and lasts a lifetime. Learn how to work with your healthcare team to reduce disease activity, manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life. Managing MS is an ongoing process, beginning with the very first symptoms and continuing throughout the disease course. It’s never too soon or too late to think about how to access high quality, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care.

Today, MS is not a curable disease. Effective strategies can help modify or slow the disease course, treat relapses (also called attacks or exacerbations), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and address emotional health.

Comprehensive MS care involves the expertise of many different healthcare professionals — each contributing in a unique way to the management of the disease and the symptoms it can cause. The Multiple Sclerosis Program of the Prisma Health Neuroscience Institute offers an expert team for diagnosis and treatment.

How May We Help You?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Program Specialist

Jagannadha Rao Avasarala, MD, PhD


  • An estimated 2.3 million people live with MS worldwide
  • Women are at least two to three times more likely than men to develop MS
  • There is no evidence that MS is directly inherited
  • The majority of people with MS do not become severely physically disabled, although the unpredictability of the disease can present many challenges, including the possibility of facing increasing limitations.
    (Source: National MS Society)