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Multiple Sclerosis Regional Program

VA Houston is committed to supporting Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis to live a full and productive life, offering a complete spectrum of health care services.

About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurologic disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS) which includes the brain, spinal cord, and vision pathways. In MS, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath, the fatty tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibers, as well as the nerve fibers themselves.

This damage is called demyelination and the scar tissues that develop when myelin is damaged are called sclerosis, also known as lesions or plaques. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, causing a wide variety of symptoms.

Sometimes the myelin can repair itself and the MS symptoms go away after the immune attack, or relapse. However, over time, the myelin and underlying nerve fibers cannot recover and suffer permanent damage. This may lead to a decline in function depending on the disease course.

Multiple Sclerosis care

The VA’s MS health care team is here to:

  • Support Veterans and their family,
  • Work with Veterans to improve their overall health,
  • Introduce Veterans to medications and strategies to help them manage their MS and the symptoms associated with MS, and
  • Help Veterans achieve their physical, psychological, vocational, and social goals.

Our MS health care team works with Veterans and their families to develop an individualized plan for managing Veterans' health. We encourage Veterans to learn as much as they can about MS and actively engage in their care. 

Below are some of the MS-related services available to Veterans. 
Adaptive Home Improvements Hospice Care Respiratory Therapy
Adaptive Home Improvements Adaptive Equipment Hospice Care Independent Living Programs Respiratory Therapy Respite Care
Adaptive Home Improvements Adaptive Technology Hospice Care Long-Term Care Centers Respiratory Therapy Social Workers
Adaptive Home Improvements Blind Rehabilitation Hospice Care Neuropsychology Respiratory Therapy Spasticity Management
Adaptive Home Improvements Bowel and Bladder Management Hospice Care Nursing care Respiratory Therapy Speech and Swallowing Therapy
Adaptive Home Improvements Caregiver Support and Training Hospice Care Occupational Therapy Respiratory Therapy Telehealth
Adaptive Home Improvements Driver Training Hospice Care Pain Management Respiratory Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation
Adaptive Home Improvements Exercise Programs Hospice Care Physical Therapy Respiratory Therapy Vocational Rehabilitation
Adaptive Home Improvements Fall Prevention Hospice Care Preventative Care Respiratory Therapy Wheelchair Seating
Adaptive Home Improvements Home Health Aides Hospice Care Psychology Respiratory Therapy Whole Health
Adaptive Home Improvements Home Modifications Hospice Care Recreational Therapy Respiratory Therapy Memory Assessment/Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis clinic

VA Houston MS Clinic has been designated a Regional Program within the VA MS Centers of Excellence national network of MS Regional and MS Support Programs. 

Hours: Every Monday from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Location: Building 102, on the second floor, in the neurology clinic area.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, contact our Neuro Care Call Center at 713-794-7841 to request an appointment. If you are receiving care outside the VA, we will request your medical records for review. If you are having difficulty making an appointment, please contact our MS coordinator at 713-791-1414, ext. 26281.

Resources for Veterans with MS