Quality of life is our priority
MS patients need neurologists and caregivers who are truly dedicated to MS, simply because Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most challenging neurological disorders to treat. Things change so rapidly. A patient’s disease can be steady for months and then change overnight. Medicine’s understanding of MS is constantly changing as well, with new research published every month and new medical options becoming available.
It is not enough for a neurologist to prescribe a drug for MS patients. Close monitoring and proactive care are essential.
Proactive care to prevent downward spiral
Weakness begets weakness, if we let it. Pharmaceuticals are very important, but MS patients’ quality of life depends on many factors besides what can be seen on an MRI scan or in lab results.
We have found that the impairments that MS causes have a way of spiraling, and feeding on themselves, if we don’t take proactive steps to keep patients as strong as possible.
A dedicated team
At RNI you will meet an integrated team of caregivers who work together to minimize the impact of MS on their patients’ lives.
- MS-certified nurses you will get to know very well.
- Physical therapists who keep patients resilient, and whose skills are in demand to train staff at other institutions.
- Board-certified specialists, in neurology, neuroimaging and neurophysiology, who fine-tune our equipment to track MS disease progression.
These team members treat patients in state-of-the art facilities that rival the quality and completeness of those at hospitals. RNI gives patients access to the very best MS care in Kansas City, while remaining truly independent from hospital chains and significantly higher hospital fees.
- State-of-the-art neuro-imaging center
- Infusion and injection services
- Physical therapy and exercise physiology
- Evoked potential testing, EMG and EEG
- Neuropsychological evaluation
- Sleep laboratory
Our philosophy of MS care
- We treat each patient as aggressively as necessary to control their disease.
- We follow each patient closely.
- We don’t blame every problem on MS.
- We listen closely and treat the whole patient.
The RNI approach to MS treatment
We provide patients with multiple sclerosis a range of comprehensive treatment options ranging from medications to exercise therapy to our own research studies.
For many patients with MS, the first obstacle is accurate diagnosis. Because our neurologists are specialists in MS, they have the expertise to diagnose or rule out MS quickly. We also have our own MRI center that provides us with the information we need to make a careful evaluation. We are also able to administer complex tests, saving our patients trips to multiple locations.
Once diagnosis is complete, we want our patients to have access to a full range of services. We can help find the most effective MS medications and monitor their effectiveness regularly. In addition, we offer one of the Midwest’s only MS exercise centers, our Fitness and Wellness Center, where our staff helps MS patients incorporate physical therapy and exercise into their individual treatment plans. Because MS patients often experience sleep problems, our sleep center is another resource for comprehensive care. And we have an in-house infusion center for the convenience of our patients.
Our interest in MS goes beyond routine treatment options. We regularly participate in clinical trials that give our MS specialists and patients access to new information and treatments. The Institute is also conducting ongoing research into the treatment of MS, such as our studies of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate and our research into the relationship between MS and sleep disorders.
by Vernon Rowe, M.D. – Dr. Rowe on Google+