Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

(This information is only provided for general information purposes, and is not meant to give medical advice)

Approach to Multiple Sclerosis

At the Midtown Neurological Wellness Center in Manhattan, Dr. Alina Rabinovich works diligently with her patients to focus on diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating disorders.   She has had extensive experience in helping patients with MS and thoroughly enjoys her work.  Each plan of care also focuses on mobility, as well as the social and emotional aspects of the illness. The goal at our Neurological Wellness Center is to keep you as independent and pain free as possible, continuing to focus on a healthier YOU.

Dr. Rabinovich provides an individualized, comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to MS as each patient’s symptoms and progress can be different.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the patient’s own immune cells attacks the central nervous system (CNS)—the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Damage to both the myelin (covering on the nerves) and the nerve fibers interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and other parts of the body. This disruption of nerve impulses produces the primary symptoms of MS.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling on one side of the body or both legs and arms
  • Dizziness/vertigo
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Eye pain
  • Muscle weakness in extremities and difficulty with coordination and balance
  • Memory loss and difficulty concentrating
  • Pain
  • Spasticity (muscle stiffness and spasms)
  • Tremors
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction

Treatments for MS

Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis includes injection and infusion therapies, and recently emerged oral medications, to alleviate relapses or flair-ups, prevent further disease progression, as well manage daily symptoms, increase mobility and provide psychological and emotional support.

Other strategies are employed as well to help patients, such as rehabilitation through physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy.

Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Rabinovich may also propose complementary approaches, including exercise, specialized diets, stress management strategies, and lifestyle changes.

Botox Treatments for MS
In addition, at the Midtown Neurological Wellness Center NYC we use Botox injections to relax stiff muscles and decrease spasticity and painful spasms.  Dr. Rabinovich performs a very comprehensive patient evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for the Botox treatments.  A very fine needle is used to inject the medication directly into the muscle.  Typically, treatment is repeated in 3-4 months.