59-16 174th Street
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone (718) 460-6765
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong and potentially debilitating nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells.
MS is an autoimmune disease that is significantly linked to an individual’s genetic makeup. The precise cause of MS, however, is not known. The symptoms of MS vary, although the most common are visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness, prickling, or “pins and needles,” as well as thinking and memory problems.
It is estimated that there are over 400,000 U.S. residents with MS. It affects women more than men and symptoms typically begin between the ages of 20 and 40. The disease itself runs a highly variable and unpredictable course, and though there is no cure for MS, there are many therapeutic alternatives to treat the symptoms and the underlying disease. Physical and occupational therapy are also helpful treatment options. In New York City, approximately 9,000 people with MS have reported they have the illness and registered with the NYC chapter of the National MS Society.
The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Neuroscience Institute, directed by David Snyder, M.D., has been in operation since 1987 and is the only center in Queens supported by the New York City Chapter of the MS Society. In addition to neurologists, the MS Center includes a specially trained team of nurses and social workers who have extensive experience with patients and families affected by MS. The goal of the Center is to diagnose and treat patients with MS and to help them improve their function. Since the disease can affect different neurological functions, a variety of specialists participate in the treatment of patients including urologists, psychiatrists, occupational and physical therapy rehabilitation specialists and social workers.
The center is a member of the New York State Consortium of MS Centers.
The Multiple Sclerosis Center has extensive experience in the new immuno-modulating therapies for multiple sclerosis, as well as treatment of the many troubling symptoms related to this disease. The center also uses resources available through the New York City Chapter of the MS Society, such as educational activities and community-based programs. Medical residents and medical students are also involved in our clinical program.
Diagnosis and Rx in 2012