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Multiple Sclerosis

Expert care to help you live your best life

The Multiple Sclerosis Program at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare is the only one of its kind in the area dedicated to meeting the unique needs of patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Using the most innovative treatments and therapies available, we can help improve a patient’s quality of life while working with them to stabilize this disease. Our program is recognized as a Partner in Care of the National MS Society.

Our program welcomes referrals for inpatient and outpatient care at our Pomona campus, as well as for outpatient care at our Azusa Center.

Expert MS care

Led by a board-certified neurologist, our multidisciplinary teams develop a comprehensive care plan unique to each patient—from diagnosis and treatment all the way to education, fitness, and peer support.

Other specialists include:

  • Doctors board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Doctors of optometry who specialize in neuro-optometric care and rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Lead physical therapist who is a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS)
  • Physical therapists certified in Neurology (NCS) and Assistive Technology (ATP)
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Certified Adapted Physical Education (CAPE) specialist
  • Experienced patient advocate to help navigate authorizations for therapy, wheelchairs, and equipment

More can be done for MS than ever before

If you’ve been diagnosed with MS, it’s easy to become discouraged. While there currently is no cure, there are new treatments available. At Casa Colina, we’ll explore every possibility—new medications, innovative therapies, and much more—so you’ll have a brighter outlook and a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Our patients may benefit from a variety of services:

  • Comprehensive one-stop assessment, treatment, and specialized care
  • Adaptive Driver Program, with driver evaluation and training overseen by occupational therapists
  • Custom orthotics evaluation and training
  • Exercise in warm or cool aquatic therapy pools
  • Fitness programs that incorporate water and land exercise, including post-discharge Independent Fitness, Assisted Fitness, and No Boundaries programs, as well as wellness and other programs designed specifically for individuals with MS
  • Imaging and diagnostic services
  • Ongoing education in collaboration with the National MS Society and Can Do MS
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical trials with new medications and therapies
  • Participation in Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures program
  • Spasticity program with Botox and other advanced techniques
  • State-of-the-art gymnasium and gait analysis equipment
  • Wheelchair and seating evaluations overseen by licensed physical therapists with ATP certification

State-of-the-art technology

Casa Colina provides a range of innovative equipment to help neurological patients return to the highest possible level of function. Our cutting-edge technology and equipment includes:

  • Adaptive driving vehicles with specialty controls and driving simulator
  • Adaptive phones from the California Telephone Access Program
  • Advanced balance assessment technology
  • Assistive technology devices to aid mobility-impaired patients at home or work
  • Augmentative and communication-assistive devices to help people with speech and language deficits
  • Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS) to increase peripheral vision, depth perception, awareness, eye-hand coordination, and reaction time
  • Bioness H200 electrical stimulation unit for those with limited wrist and hand function
  • Bioness L300 lower extremity electrical stimulation neuroprosthesis for walking
  • Blind-assistive technology for low vision and neurological impairments
  • Body weight-supported gait system to assist persons while walking over ground
  • Computerized pressure mapping for safe, comfortable wheelchair seating
  • Electronic gaming systems to encourage balance, coordination, and endurance
  • Exoskeleton wearable robotic devices to aid in standing and walking for individuals with lower extremity paralysis or weakness
  • Gait Rite to examine motor control and balance in gait
  • RTI E-Stim Bike to stimulate the upper and lower body while cycling from a wheelchair
  • SMARTfit for improved visual, cognitive, and motor connectivity
  • VitalStim therapy for swallowing difficulties

Your first visit

Depending on the referring physician’s order, some patients will begin therapeutic rehabilitation on their first day. For others, the introductory appointment may involve an assessment by a neurologist to discuss symptoms and pre-existing medical problems that might affect your condition. This may include a physical examination, lab work, or additional testing.

Once we’ve completed our evaluation, we will help you gain a better understanding of your diagnosis and treatment options.

Take control of your MS

Our program will work directly with your referring physician to develop a treatment plan and keep them updated on your progress.

For more information, please call 909/596-7733, ext. 3500 (Pomona campus) or 626/334-8735 (Azusa Center) or contact us now. We accept most insurance providers, including Medicare.

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