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At Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute’s Carolinas MS Center, we offer comprehensive, expert care for multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neuroinflammatory disorders.

We’re the only clinic in the Charlotte region recognized as a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National MS Society, offering the highest level of care. And whether you’re experiencing new symptoms or have had a diagnosis for years, our team of experienced doctors and MS specialists has the expertise to provide personalized treatment for your needs.

Our approach addresses every aspect of your well-being with seamlessly coordinated care – so you’re empowered to live your best life.

Why choose Atrium Health?

  • National recognition: As designated National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partners in MS Care and the Charlotte region’s only Center for Comprehensive Care, we have the knowledge and expertise needed to treat even the most complex cases.
  • Whole-person care:We don’t just treat your symptoms – we treat you. With specialized women’s care, mental health services, disease-specific support groups, educational classes, community resources and more, we make sure you’re fully supported every step of the way.
  • Innovative research: We’re on the forefront of medical advances that offer more hope for those living with conditions like MS. Through our clinical trials program, patients have access to the latest, most promising treatments before they’re widely available.
  • Multidisciplinary team: Our program includes fellowship-trained neurologists, MS-certified nurses, ophthalmologists, gastroenterologists, neuro-urologists, psychiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and many other experts who will put their minds together for you. And our MS nurse navigators are here to make sure all the care you need is seamlessly coordinated.

Patient care – what we treat

We diagnose and treat a range of neuroinflammatory disorders at our MS care centers. With these conditions, the immune system – which usually protects the body – becomes overly active and attacks the nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and nerves).

Our experts offer specialized care for:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS), including pediatric MS in collaboration with Atrium Health Levine Children’s
  • Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also known as Devic’s disease
  • Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disorders (MOGAD)
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Neuro-lupus
  • Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes
  • Other rare immune-mediated disorders of the brain and spinal cord

Tests and diagnosis

Our doctors use the latest techniques and technologies to accurately diagnose your symptoms, so we can deliver the most effective treatments.

In addition to reviewing your medical history and a physical exam, the process may involve:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which produces detailed images of the brain and spinal cord that may show signs of multiple sclerosis or another condition.
  • Blood tests to help rule out other disorders that can cause similar symptoms.
  • Evoked potential tests, where electrodes are placed on your scalp to measure electrical activity in the brain.
  • A spinal tap (lumbar puncture), a procedure to check your spinal fluid for signs of inflammation.

Treatments

There’s no known cure for neurologic autoimmune disorders like MS. But with treatment, we can slow the progression of disease, manage symptoms, prevent and treat relapses, improve function and promote wellness.

Our experienced specialists work together to provide customized, coordinated care that fits your lifestyle and goals. Here are some of the therapies we may use.

Medication and infusion therapies

We offer the latest medications to help you gain control of your condition. Our range of injectable, oral and IV infusion therapies includes:

  • Disease-modifying therapies (DMT), which can slow or stop the progression of disease and reduce relapses.
  • Symptom-relief medication to manage symptoms like muscle stiffness, fatigue, difficulty walking, depression, urinary problems and pain.
  • Intravenous immunoglobin (IVIg), an infusion of antibodies that can improve immune function in some cases.
  • Corticosteroids, usually given in high doses to treat inflammation and symptoms during an MS relapse.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation can make it easier to manage day-to-day life. Our experts have extensive experience helping people who have MS and other neurological autoimmune conditions improve function. Our services include:

  • Physical therapy to improve strength, coordination and balance.
  • Occupational therapy to help you perform everyday activities more safely and independently.
  • Speech therapy to help with breathing, speaking and swallowing.

Supportive care

Our comprehensive approach means we care for your total well-being. As part of your treatment at Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute, you’ll have access to specialized support for your body and mind, like:

  • Dietary therapy to help manage symptoms and promote long-term health. Our dedicated MS dietitians will work with you to provide personalized nutrition recommendations.
  • Mental health care, including one-on-one counseling for depression and anxiety. Our mental health experts provide psychological and emotional support to help you cope with challenges.
  • Women’s health care to address and manage the specific concerns of women with MS and related conditions, like treatment planning for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Research

Our neurological expertise is powered by leading-edge research. We apply the latest findings in real time to provide the best possible care. And we continually participate in innovative studies to better understand what causes diseases like MS and look for potential cures.

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Find a clinical trial

Through our in-house neurosciences research, we give patients access to potentially breakthrough therapies.

Use our search tool to find current clinical trials. To learn more about our available studies, talk to your doctor or call us at 704-355-9434.

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Make a referral

When you refer a patient to us, we keep you involved and up to date throughout their care. To make a referral, call our dedicated physician referral line at 704-468-0101.

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Our Providers

Our highly experienced team includes neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis specialists and general neurologists who diagnose treat a range conditions. Find the best multiple sclerosis doctors near you.

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