Treatment Customized to Your Symptoms

Medical Therapies

While there is no cure yet for MS, we use several strategies to modify the course of your MS, treat your attacks, manage your symptoms, and improve your function and mobility. Your treatment is likely to include some combination of medications, such as:

  • Drugs that modify the course of your MS, including beta interferons (Avonex®, Betaseron®, Extavia®, and Rebif®); glatiramer acetate (Copaxone®), natalizumab (Tysabri®), teriflunomide (Aubagio®), fingolimod (Gilenya™), alemtuzumab (Lemtrada™), and mitoxantrone (Novantrone®)
  • Therapies to alleviate your daily MS symptoms, such as dalfampridine (Ampyra®) to improve walking
  • Intravenous anti-inflammatory steroids to speed your recovery if you have a relapse

You may find that combining medication with exercise and/or lifestyle modifications is the best way to manage your symptoms. Our physical and occupational therapists can help you to:

  • Improve your strength, mobility, balance, and posture.
  • Manage your fatigue and pain.
  • Maintain the skills you need to have good work and home life.


Most people with MS find that their symptoms are best managed when they combine medication with rehabilitation, exercise, and/or lifestyle modifications. Physical and occupational therapists can help people with MS to:

  • Improve, strength, mobility, balance, and posture
  • Manage fatigue and pain
  • Maintain skills essential to good work and home life

NewYork-Presbyterian offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for people with MS. Physiatrists, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic recreation specialists, and rehabilitation nurses provide a variety of services, including rehabilitation, home modification evaluations, speech and swallowing evaluations, and communication assessments.
Over time, some patients with MS become increasingly disabled and may need devices such as canes and wheelchairs. Rehabilitation specialists help patients obtain and learn to use these assistive devices.