MS: Earlier treatment linked to lower disability risk

Evan Walker
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Starting treatment at the first signs of MS could slow down disease progression. Image credit: Finn Hafemann/Getty Images.
  • Researchers investigated how early treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) affects Health outcomes.
  • They found that earlier treatment is linked to a lower risk of disability later on.
  • Seeking diagnosis and early treatment for MS at the onset of symptoms could improve patient quality of life.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory condition that occurs when the body’s immune system damages the myelin sheaths that cover and protect nerve cells.

Symptoms of MS include loss of balance, numbness or tingling, and weakness. Around 2.8 million people live with the condition worldwide.

While there is currently no cure for MS, there are treatments to help manage symptoms. Research indicates that early treatment of MS is linked to slower disability progression and less productivity loss than treating the condition at later stages.

Understanding more about how treating MS at different stages affects disability could improve treatment strategies for the condition and improve the quality of life among patients.

Recently, researchers examined health outcomes among patients who began taking treatment for MS sooner or later after symptom onset.

They found that patients who took treatment within the first 6 months of experiencing symptoms had a lower risk of disability than those who began treatment later on.

The study was published in Neurology.

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