First Broward MS clinic treats, counsels patients
North Ridge Medical Center has opened the first Multiple Sclerosis (MS) clinic in Broward County affiliated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It is the second such clinic in the NMSS’s 10-county chapter territory. The clinic directed by Brian Steingo, M.D., Neurologist, and Kathy Vanderbeck, ARNP, neuroscience center coordinator.
The new facility is designed to provide a wide array of services to the MS patient and family in one central location. Patients can meet with neurologists and social workers, and also participate in peer counseling, group sessions and physical therapy.
NMSS, South Florida chapter serves approximately 1,500 individuals with MS and more than 4,500 which include their family members and friends. Symptoms include vision problems, weakness, numbness, tremor, loss of balance, bladder/bowl dysfunction, and even paralysis are among the symptoms. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 but he unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong.