Patient care offered through the Multiple Sclerosis Program is managed by board-certified specialists who work in partnership with the primary care or referring physician. Complementing this medical expertise, an interdisciplinary team of experienced health care professionals assists patients in understanding and managing all aspects of their unique physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs. Team members represent numerous disciplines, including rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, vocational rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, social work, therapeutic recreation, rehabilitation engineering, orthotics, and others.
Evaluation and treatment are most often provided at our Irving Street Physician Center and Irving Street Therapy Center. An inpatient program is also available for individuals requiring more intensive services.
Services usually begin with a comprehensive medical and rehabilitative evaluation by a rehabilitation physician, a physical therapist, and an occupational therapist who have expertise in treating MS. The team then works with the patient to develop realistic goals and a treatment plan. Further inpatient, outpatient, or home treatment may be recommended with referrals to other appropriate rehabilitation professionals as needed.
The following services may be received individually or as part of a comprehensive, goal-oriented program:
- Comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment
- Comprehensive rehabilitation nursing services
- Urodynamic evaluation and continence training
- Therapy to improve walking, mobility, and balance
- Recommendations for adaptations in daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, eating, and home management
- Treatment of problems with thinking, memory, and communication
- Individual and family psychotherapy and counseling
- Patient and family education
- Evaluation of vocational strengths and goals, and guidance in employment or educational planning
- Assistance with selection, modification, and design of adaptive aids
- Comprehensive evaluation and recommendations for wheelchair seating
- Fabrication, fitting, and repair of orthotic devices onsite
- Individualized aerobic exercise recommendations
- Fatigue management
- Low-vision services
- Obstetrics and gynecological care designed for women with disabilities
- Linkages with local MS organizations and social service agencies
- Consultation with other medical specialists, if needed
Referrals for outpatient or inpatient multiple sclerosis services may be made by physicians, other health care professionals, community agencies, insurance companies, hospitals, family members, or oneself. To refer a patient or make an appointment, call the Irving Street Physician Center at 202.877.1621.
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