We found 6 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Humana HMO near Elk Grove Village, IL.

Dr. Bonita S Peterson Alexander, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
800 Biesterfield Road; Eberle Building, Suite 635
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Bonita Alexander is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Alexander honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. She attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. She has received the following distinctions: US News Top Doctor; Golden Apple Award, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital (Chicago, Illinois); and Abby Prince Award for Outstanding Resident Contribution. She speaks Spanish. She is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Delnor Hospital. Dr. Alexander has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Scleroderma, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Spinal Stenosis, Low Vision, Stroke, Vertigo, Muscular ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Peak Rubin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurology
880 W. Central
Arlington Heights, IL
 

Dr. Jennifer Rubin practices pediatric neurology in Chicago, IL, Westchester, IL, and Arlington Heights, IL. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Rubin include neurological disorders. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. She studied medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Dr. Rubin is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology, Transverse Myelitis, Neurological Disorders

Dr. Michael Steven Marinko, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
935 Beisner Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Michael Marinko is a physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) specialist in Elk Grove Village, IL and Chicago, IL. He is affiliated with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Marinko is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's residency program. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Marinko has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Stroke, Stroke Rehabilitation, Brain Tumor, Amputation, Multiple ... (Read more)

Dr. George Katsamakis, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3701 Algonquin Road; Suite 800
Rolling Meadows, IL
 

Dr. George Katsamakis is a neurologist. His areas of expertise include the following: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), multiple sclerosis (MS), and skin biopsy. Dr. Katsamakis is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He graduated from Rush Medical College and then he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. The average patient rating for Dr. Katsamakis is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Katsamakis is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: MRI, Multiple Sclerosis, Electroencephalography, Skin Biopsy

Specializes in Physiatry
901 Biesterfield Road; Suite 207
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Mrunal Panchal's specialty is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Dr. Panchal attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. His clinical interests include trigger point injections, multiple sclerosis (MS), and electromyography (EMG). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Panchal honors. Dr. Panchal (or staff) is conversant in Gujarati and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Sports Health, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Arthritis, Trigger ... (Read more)

Dr. Konstantinos D Kostas, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
800 Biesterfield Road; Suite 610, Eberle Building
Elk Grove Village, IL
 

Dr. Konstantinos Kostas' area of specialization is psychology. These areas are among his clinical interests: seizure disorders, cancer, and stroke. Dr. Kostas takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Seizure Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, ... (Read more)

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, causing communication issues between the brain and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is unknown, but some factors may raise a person’s risk of developing it. For example, if your parent or sibling has MS, or you have another autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes, you may be more predisposed to getting MS than others.

Symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person. Common ones are weakness in the arm or leg, lack of balance, stiff muscles, fatigue, dizziness, partial or total vision loss, slurred speech, and issues with bowel and bladder function. While there is no cure for MS, treatments focus on the following:

  • Reducing attacks, which occur when nerves become inflamed (or swollen), causing new symptoms to arise or existing ones to worsen. Drugs like corticosteroids lessen inflammation and may help prevent attacks or limit their occurrence.
  • Slowing the development of the disease. Immunomodulators are medications that alter the body’s immune response. They may minimize nerve damage brought on by MS and thus decrease the rate at which it progresses.
  • Easing symptoms. Physical therapy can help with leg weakness and improve balance. Medicines like muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle stiffness.
Living with MS can be a challenge, but due to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, the quality of life of people with MS has increased. Although the average life expectancy of those who have the disease is about five years lower than the rest of the population, this difference seems to be at a gradual but steady decline.

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