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Sanford Health Recognizes Multiple Sclerosis during MS Awareness Week

Sanford Health is recognizing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during MS Awareness Week. MS Awareness Week takes place March 10-17.

Audio Interview with Jerome Freeman, MD

(Sioux Falls) Sanford Health is recognizing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) during MS Awareness Week. MS Awareness Week takes place March 10-17. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the United States and an estimated 2.5 million worldwide.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men afflicted with the disease.

Sanford Clinic Neurology is recognized as a regional MS Center by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Center director, Jerome Freeman, MD notes, “MS care has been a major focus at Sanford for a long time. We established an MS Multidisciplinary Clinic in 1999 and have developed a dedicated team.”

The treatment team includes nurses who are nationally certified in MS care; dedicated social work; and a range of skilled rehabilitation therapists.

Jo Landis, RN with Sanford Clinic Neurology stresses the importance of continuing care. “We know our patients well and urge them to call when they need us.” She emphasizes that a flare in a patient’s MS symptoms often requires a same-day clinic appointment.

Multiple Sclerosis is most effectively treated by a team effort, and at Sanford Clinic Neurology, the comprehensive approach to MS management is state-of-the-art. An experienced staff member partners with patients to find the right answers and ensure the best care.

Through its partnership with Sanford School of Medicine, the MS Center is involved in education, research and publication. Recently, center clinicians collaborated on an overview of MS therapy for the state’s medical journal, South Dakota Medicine. Dr. Freeman explains that the article, “Multiple Sclerosis: An Essential Review” has been used for professional education and also by MS patients and their families.

“This is an exciting time to be working in the field of MS,” says Dr. Freeman. “Current therapies have greatly improved the outlook for patients and tremendous research efforts are underway to discover even better treatments. We really do believe in our MS Center motto – The right answers; the best care.”

For more information, contact Sanford Clinic Neurology at 605-328-8130 or contact the National MS Socitiety.

Listen to an interview with Jerome Freeman, MD


Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
(605) 328-7056 | jonesst@sanfordhealth.org