Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common causes of chronic disability in young adults. Approximately 85,000 people in the UK have MS. In most people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission. Relapses may last a few days or several weeks. Occasionally, MS presents as a more progressive form with or without relapses. It is most frequently diagnosed between the mid-twenties to mid-thirties, although it can be diagnosed in younger or older people.
The cause of MS is unknown. The problems experienced by those with MS are due to patchy destruction of the myelin. Myelin is the fatty sheath that surrounds each nerve axon within the nervous system. When this insulating sheath is destroyed nerve cells can no longer pass messages to one another efficiently. This in turn may result in muscle weakness, loss of co-ordination and sensory problems. The destruction of myelin is thought to be due to abnormal immune activity.

The symptoms of MS vary from one person to another and may change over time within the individual.

MS Research in Bristol

The primary aim of the Bristol MS Research Unit is to research the management and treatment of MS aimed at restoring function and improving the quality of life for people with MS.
We also provide information and resources for people with MS and for healthcare professionals working with MS.

How to get to the MS Research and Resources Centre

Current Research Activities

Functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Treatment of severe spasticity.

Management of ataxia and tremor.

Measurement and assessment of disability.

EMG, muscle function and fatigue in MS.

Information about MS

Physiotherapy and MS

Occupational Therapy and MS

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