Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which comprises the brain and spinal cord. MS usually affects young and middle-aged adults. It can cause cause transient or permanent neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling, weakness or clumsiness, and problems with vision, balance, walking and memory.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the United States and more than two million individuals worldwide. The disorder occurs twice as often in women as in men. The cause of MS is not known, but several therapies can slow down the progression of the disease.
One of the Waddell Center’s primary objectives is to help patients and their caregivers, families and friends better understand the nature of MS, how it affects people, and what can be done about it. To this end we have compiled an overview of basic information about multiple sclerosis, as well as more detailed information about this complex disease.