Multiple Sclerosis Center
The Pacific Northwest is believed to have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, so it’s natural that the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is home to a world-class MS Center — a leader in MS treatment and MS research.
We help people with MS live to their fullest by providing an array of crucial services in one convenient location. Our compassionate, comprehensive care includes the latest medical treatments and addresses each person’s emotional and physical needs.
Prospective patients. If you are not currently a patient of the MS Center at Swedish, you will need a referral from your neurologist or primary care physician to make an appointment. Follow these steps:
Existing patients. To schedule an appointment with a doctor you have already seen, you may use MyChart.
Our staff can often schedule multiple appointments on the same day. For example, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is in the same building as our clinic. Imaging done two hours prior to clinic appointments is available for our review. Appointments with our rehabilitation physician, physical therapists, social workers and others are commonly done on the same day as other appointments.
What makes our 11,700-square-foot center a national model for clinical care, multiple sclerosis research and wellness programs?
- A 1,500-square-foot landscaped outdoor space that includes several gathering areas and a harness system with a range of terrains for patients to improve their gait
- An award-winning design that helps people living with an MS diagnosis, including those using wheelchairs and other assistive devices, easily move throughout the space
- An exciting MS Adventure Program to help patients meet others, safely experience new activities and get out of their comfort zones
- A welcoming community space for patients and their families to gather and meet others affected by MS
- Furniture and specialized medical, therapeutic and recreational equipment designed to meet the unique needs of our patients
- MS-focused wellness services including physical and rehabilitative therapy in a specially equipped gym, social and therapeutic programs, and exercise classes, such as Pilates and yoga
- On-site research and MS clinical trials to evaluate promising medications — a welcome convenience for patients, who can easily meet fact-to-face with research coordinators
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are some of the most varied of any disease. Affecting different areas of the body, damaging lesions can occur in the brain, spinal cord or optic nerves. Symptoms are unique to each person and can change the course of the disease in unpredictable ways. Our neuroimmunology team treats patients living with optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and autoimmune encephalitis.
We use disease modifying therapies (DMTs) to treat MS, but we also have many other services that are equally important to nurturing your overall well-being. These include physical therapy, MS support groups for you and your loved ones, and an active, caring community to help you thrive. Our wellness teams create a treatment plan for your unique needs.
Learn more about our services.