Rush offers specialized care for all types of multiple sclerosis, including remitting-relapsing MS.
Among the Best in the U.S. for Neurology and Neurosurgery
U.S. News & World Report ranked RUSH University Medical Center No. 4 in the country and best in Illinois for neurology and neurosurgery.
The Rush Approach to Multiple Sclerosis
Each person experiences multiple sclerosis (MS) differently. That's why Rush MS specialists build treatment plans around your specific needs.
At our Chicago location, our Rush MS team includes physicians, nurses, technicians and office staff who work only with patients with MS.
This specialization is part of why Rush University Medical Center is a Center for Comprehensive Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. These centers are designated as such because they offer a full range of medical, nursing, mental health, rehabilitation and social services for MS.
Whether you come to our downtown location or clinics in the western suburbs, Rush neurologists collaborate with other Rush specialists to give you comprehensive MS care. We work with physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and more to provide you with the support you need.
Rush Excellence in Multiple Sclerosis Care
- High volume of patients: Providers at Rush typically see more than 3,000 patients with multiple sclerosis each year. We understand all the different MS symptoms people can experience — and which treatments work well to address those symptoms.
- Managing MS symptoms: We work with other Rush providers to address the full range of MS symptoms and how they affect your quality of life. This includes coordinating at-home therapy as needed. Our specialists can help with common MS symptoms, such as urinary incontinence, constipation, trouble walking, depression, tremor, spasticity, optic neuritis and sexual problems.
- Extensive experience with cladribine: Physicians at our downtown Chicago location participated in early clinical trials of the oral chemotherapy drug cladribine (brand name, Mavenclad). This means we have a deep understanding of its potential benefits and its side effects, plus how to address them. Cladribine can be effective in halting the destructive processes of MS and lowering the risk for disability progressing in patients with relapsing-remitting MS and secondary progressive MS.
- Treatment for PML: Rush MS specialists were among the first in the world to create a process for early detection and treatment for patients with MS who develop progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Our Chicago MS specialists monitor patients, including with brain MRI, at 3 to 4 month intervals. The earlier we are able to detect PML, the better chance you have to manage this potentially life-threatening disease.
- Latest MS treatment options: Multiple sclerosis specialists in downtown Chicago have long been active MS researchers through clinical trials and lab research. Rush played a key role in developing and/or testing a number of now FDA-approved MS drugs, including Tysabri, Ocrevus and Ampyra. That research means you have access to new treatments before they are more widely available.
- Private and semi-private infusion therapy: At our downtown Chicago location, we have 15 private or semi-private infusion therapy bays. Each is sterilized between each patient for your safety. We have a full range of infusion therapies for MS, including Ocrevus. Your MS doctor will discuss with you which infusion therapy is best for your situation.