Multiple Sclerosis

Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center

Our Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center is the only facility in the region offering a full-service approach to MS under one roof. The MS Center provides diagnosis, comprehensive evaluation, treatment and follow-up under the direction of a board-certified neurologist/multiple sclerosis specialist and a nurse coordinator. Staff is committed to complementing the medical care provided by each patient's primary care physician. Patients have easy access to other needed services in the same building, including infusion, physical and occupational therapies, psychological support, wellness approaches and pain management. The on-site Imaging Center features a 3.0T short bore MRI which produces the highest quality images in a clinical setting, and is especially useful in detecting minute abnormalities related to neurological diseases. A unique program is available to promote the wellness of the patient who has multiple sclerosis with his or her family member, as they face the challenges of the disease. Together, patient and partner may benefit from our wellness gym and personal trainers.

Each patient presents unique circumstances ranging from access to transportation, to varying schedules, to family and work obligations. The Center provides emotional and logistical support while assuring that the best possible medical treatment is provided. Assistance is available with scheduling convenient appointments for a variety of services, ranging from mammography to hearing tests. These appointments may often be planned for the same day as a follow-up visit to eliminate the need for multiple trips. On-site child care during appointments may be requested. Patients and their family members may benefit from the convenience of the on-site pharmacy and Café and free wireless Internet access available in the building. The Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center offers many amenities for patient and family convenience including free valet parking, free child care (pre-arranged), an on-site retail pharmacy and concierge services. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 973-322-7484.

Services We Offer

MS Comprehensive Care Center Services

Following a thorough, initial evaluation by an expert MS physician, a comprehensive treatment plan is developed for each patient. In addition, each patient meets with a specialized nurse or other staff member who can help make further arrangements for services.

Rehabilitation Therapies and Services

Physical, Occupational (Cognitive and Vocational), Speech, Swallowing, Orthotics, Wheelchair Evaluation

Health and Wellness

Monitored, Individualized Exercise Program with Exercise Physiologists, Yoga

Psychological and Social Work Services

Support Groups, Counseling, Stress Management

Interventional/Pharmacological Pain Management

Anesthetic and Steroid Injections, Nerve Block, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Comprehensive Pain Management and Medication Delivery System to help alleviate pain and spasticity

Integrative Therapies

Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery, Nutritional and Herbal Counseling

Infusion/Injection Therapies

Immunomodulators, Immunosuppressants, Chemotherapy, Monoclonal Antibodies, Gamma Globulin, Intrathecal Baclofen, Patient Education

State-of-the-Art Imaging/Neuro-Imaging Services

CT Scan, Nuclear Medicine including PET/CT Scan, X-ray, MRI (including the 3.0T short bore MRI which produces the highest quality images in a clinical setting)

Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Center

Bone Density Scan, Osteoporosis Treatment, Patient Education

Speech and Hearing Center

Speech Evaluations, Speech Therapy (including Motor Therapy), Dysphagia Evaluations, Swallowing Therapy (including Vitalstim® treatment for Dysphagia), Group Therapy to Reinforce Speech Skills and as a Source of Support

Saint Barnabas MS Wellness Program

The MS Center is pleased to offer a special program for the Center’s patients to help improve and assure the well-being of patients and their partners. Participation in the MS Wellness Program is arranged for both parties at the same time and location. Thanks to a generous grant from Biogen Idec, Inc. the Program is offered at a greatly reduced rate with a limited number of scholarships available.

Supervised Exercise Program

The exercise component of the Program features a one-year, unlimited use membership for patients and their partners in the Center for Health and Wellness located at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center. This is New Jersey’s first exercise facility for individuals with special health conditions. The objective is to assist participants in achieving health and fitness goals in a safe environment. A highly trained staff of exercise physiologists design personalized wellness plans and offer ongoing supervision and support. Physician consent is required.

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively benign, disabling, or devastating. Some individuals with MS may be mildly affected, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak, or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of the body becomes disrupted. There is no cure yet for MS. However, there are strategies to modify the disease course, treat exacerbations, manage symptoms, and improve function and mobility.

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