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Welcome to On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis, a ReachMD series with the latest education and information on diagnostic and prognostic advancements and treatment options for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

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Welcome to On the Frontlines of Multiple Sclerosis, a ReachMD series with the latest education and information on diagnostic and prognostic advancements and treatment options for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

    Family Planning in Multiple Sclerosis: Enhancing Patient Care

    Family Planning in Multiple Sclerosis: Enhancing Patient Care

    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD

    Guest: Maria K. Houtchens, MD

    Guest: Maria Lopes, MD


    Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are increasingly choosing to start families. It is incumbent on us as healthcare professionals to try to ensure their chances for healthy pregnancies while maintaining adequate disease control.
    In this program, Dr. Houtchens and Dr. Lopes discuss the importance of patient/healthcare provider partnerships in family planning. Specific points of focus include the role of effective contraception, key concepts regarding the use of disease modifying therapies, and important practical considerations related to patient care in the time before, during, and after pregnancy.
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    Multiple Sclerosis & Aging: Considerations for Diagnosis & Treatment

    Multiple Sclerosis & Aging: Considerations for Diagnosis & Treatment

    Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO

    Guest: Riley Bove, MD

    Guest: Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD


    The disease course of multiple sclerosis (MS) can take many paths based on numerous factors, including age at diagnosis, gender, and MS subtype. Layered upon the typical MS management challenges are those that can occur with the physical and physiological changes of the normal aging process. How might the care of a patient with MS need to be modified as they age?
    In this discussion, Dr. Bove and Dr. Weinstock-Guttman will review:
    The effects that aging may have on patients with MS The interplay between menopause and MS How aging may affect the approach to disease management EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
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    Is Primary Care Taking Full Advantage of Physical Therapy?

    Is Primary Care Taking Full Advantage of Physical Therapy?

    Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO

    Guest: Catherine Apicella, MPT, PYT-C, PRPC


    With less and less primary care physicians partnering with physical therapists, it’s time we ask: are we doing ourselves—and our patients—a disservice by not taking advantage of this option? To find out, Dr. Jennifer Caudle sits down with physical therapist Catherine Apicella to discuss the often-overlooked benefits of physical therapy and how primary care physicians and physical therapists can work together to benefit their patients.

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Detangling Difficult Conversations About Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical Exchanges

    Host: Patricia K. Coyle, MD

    Guest: Clyde E. Markowitz, MD


    Please note: This activity is no longer available for continuing education credit.
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. As the treatment armamentarium continues to grow, patient involvement in the development of an effective treatment strategy is becoming increasingly important. In this Clinical ExchangesSM activity, leading MS specialists discuss issues of diagnosing MS, initiating treatment, and switching therapies, all in the context of practical shared decision-making techniques demonstrated by their own patients.

    How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Help MS Patients

    How Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Can Help MS Patients

    Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO

    Guest: Catherine Apicella, MPT, PYT-C, PRPC

    Guest: Crystal Gouldey


    Frustrating multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms like urinary frequency and incontinence can be detrimental to a patient’s quality of life, but there are resources available to help. To explore the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy for MS, Dr. Jennifer Caudle sits down with two special guests: physical therapist Catherine Apicella from CORE 3 Physical Therapy and her patient—and ReachMD’s very own employee—Crystal Gouldey.

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