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Multiple Sclerosis

 

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults


Women are almost twice as likely as men to develop MS


Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 to 40


For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.

Incidence and prevalence
Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS (figures were revised upwards significantly in 2009 following research commissioned by the MS Society - for further information, click here).


Based on these revised 2009 figures, it is likely that there are in excess of nine thousand people living with MS in the South West.

The impact on health and social care services
Over the course of their disease, people with MS are likely to require input from a large number of health and social care professionals. The list of professions below links in places to additional 'case for' factsheets, where information is provided on the benefits of specific services to patients and professionals, including potential cost savings.

* Neurology consultants
* Specialist nurses
* Occupational therapists
* Physiotherapists
* Support for carers
* Psychologists
* Continence advisory and management services
* Support to live independently

* Speech and language therapists
* Dieticians
* Pain management services
 

Group

Swindon Therapy Centre for MS

Short Description

Established over 25 years we are a self help
group providing therapies to people with MS and
other neurological conditions from our centre in
Swindon.

Web Address

www.msswindon.org.uk

 

Group

MS Society

Web Address

www.mssociety.org.uk

Contact Details

0808 800 8000

Group

MS Trust

Web Address

www.mstrust.org.uk

Contact Details

0800 032 38 39  

* Chiropody and podiatry
* Opthalmology services
* Social workers
* Palliative care services

People affected by MS may need a range of equipment to maintain their independence, such as specialised wheelchairs and other mobility aids, bathing equipment, environmental controls, communication aids and others.

 


 

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