Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease that affects young adults. It is characterised by sclerosis, a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.
Facts about Multiple Sclerosis
MS affects more than 25,000 people in Australia
most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can also affect younger people
roughly three times as many women have MS as men
symptoms can vary from person to person
symptoms depend on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Motor control - muscular spasms and problems with weakness, coordination, balance and functioning of the arms and legs
Fatigue - including heat sensitivity
Neurological symptoms - including vertigo, pins and needles, neuralgia and visual disturbances
Continence care - including bladder incontinence and constipation
Neuropsychological symptoms - including depression, cognitive difficulties and memory loss
How can CPL help?
No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:
- Allied Health therapies
- Support at home
- Getting out into your community
- Finding the right equipment and aids
- Exploring housing and employment options.