The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to Americans suffering from multiple sclerosis regarding a controversial treatment, known as “liberation therapy.”
The experimental procedure is sometimes used to treat chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. CCSVI is characterized by a narrowing of the veins in the chest and neck, and many believe the condition could cause or worsen MS by impairing blood flow from the upper spinal cord to the brain.
Liberation therapy uses balloon angioplasty devices to widen veins within the neck and chest; however, according to the FDA, the therapy has resulted in a host of complications, including abdominal bleeding, cranial nerve damage, blood clots, stroke and even death.
A Safer Way to Treat MS
People who suffer from multiple sclerosis experience a range of unpleasant symptoms that can make it difficult to enjoy life. In desperation, many turn to unproven or experimental treatments that could put their very lives at risk.
Fortunately, many patients experience significant relief from their MS symptoms when they receive oral appliance therapy. By repositioning the jaw, the appliance relieves pressure from blood vessels and nerves that connect to the brain. To learn more about how Dr. Winber safely treats movement disorders, contact his office online or call (303) 691-0267 today.