We found 3 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Molina Healthcare near Southfield, MI.

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Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas, MD
Specializes in Neurology
29829 Telegraph Road; Suite 200
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Evanthia Bernitsas is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She has a special interest in multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Bernitsas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Karmanos Cancer Center. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, United Healthcare Plans, and more. In addition to English, Dr. Bernitsas (or staff) speaks Greek and French.

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Dr. Steven Russell Hinderer, MD
Specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine
23800 W 10 Mile Road; Suite 193
Southfield, MI
 

Dr. Steven Hinderer's areas of specialization are spinal cord injury medicine, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. His areas of expertise consist of spasticity and trauma. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. Dr. Hinderer attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He is affiliated with Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG).

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Specializes in General Internal Medicine
29829 Telegraph Road; Suite 200
Southfield, MI
 

Ms. Christina Caon's specialty is general internal medicine. In her practice, she is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). Ms. Caon is professionally affiliated with Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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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