Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy (IBT) Shown Effective For Treating Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Oral medication found to effectively treat multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease in the central nervous system that disables proper communication between the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Some of the MS symptoms are poor muscle coordination, loss of balance, unnatural fatigue, vision impairment, walking difficulty, spasticity, and worst: paralysis. Spasticity shows abnormal performance of the skeletal muscle. It basically lessens the voluntary control of the patient over their muscles which in turn becomes stiff and tight.

People with severe spasticity have been given a chance for improving their condition. It is through the intrathecal baclofen therapy (IBT) which has not been used as much as oral medications during treatment. Oral medications still work in terms of treating spasticity but some patients suffer greatly from the negative side effects of taking too many medications. Some patients may be able to tolerate it but for those who can’t, other options may be available.

A recommendation for physicians to use the IBT was found to be a great idea, especially patients who can barely accommodate the effects of oral medication. Undergoing IBT therapy showed reduction of severe cases of spasticity. This recommendation shows how oral medications are not always the most effective treatments out there. Even the underutilized IBT therapy helped.