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5 reasons why we need MS specialists at the heart of MS care

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  1. MS specialists understand how MS affects everyone differently.
    On average, a GP in England is likely to see around three people with MS. On average an MS specialist nurse cares for over 300 people with MS, while physiotherapists and occupational therapists with special expertise have vast clinical experience and knowledge of MS. This means they understand the different types of MS and the different ways it can affect people, and this means they know how to to provide the best possible care.
  2. MS specialists understand the physical and psychological symptoms of MS.
    Because MS nurses and therapists receive specialist training from the MS Trust, they are specialists on the various symptoms of MS, from difficulties you might have with thinking to issues that might affect your walking. And they can tell you which symptoms are MS-related and which are not.
  3. MS specialists have strong links with local neurology departments.
    MS specialists are in regular contact with neurology departments, and can be the best people to help you if you need urgent attention from your neurologist.
  4. MS specialists are aware of all the latest treatments and therapies.
    The world of MS care is changing and over the last few years several new drugs and treatments have become available. Because they receive training and regular updates from the MS Trust, MS specialists are the best people to help you understand what treatments might work for you and how you might access them.
  5. MS specialists see the whole person rather than just the symptoms.
    Because they have such wide experience, MS specialists know how MS might affect every aspect of your life: your home life, your work and your education. And they know when to ask about symptoms that you may not even consider part of your MS.

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