Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuromuscular degeneration condition. It affects the motor neurons in both the brain and the spinal cord, causing muscle weakness progressively. ALS is most often diagnosed in seniors over 60 years old but it can also affect individuals as young as 20 years old.
Signs and symptoms
- Fatigue and physical weakness
- Falling and tripping
- Crying or laughing uncontrollably
- Muscle cramps and twitches experienced mostly in hands and feet
- Slurred speech
- Weakened or total loss of control in arms and legs
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Difficulty in breathing
Note: these are just a few signs and symptoms provided for informational purposes. Do not attempt self-diagnosis based on this list.
Although there is currently no cure for ALS, it is possible to control the symptoms and help individuals to live with this syndrome better. For example, physical therapy can help to prolong muscle use and certain conventional medicines such as Rilutek is said to be able to improve overall functioning and support better survival rates.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Bressler and our team – Experts You Can Trust for ALS Treatment
Effective treatment can only happen when there’s a correct diagnosis made. At Northern Neurology Specialties, we have the medical expertise, experience and independent sub-specialty referral network to provide a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan so that you can manage ALS symptoms better. Our team of medical professionals is caring and extremely receptive to your needs. Contact us today to talk to a specialist and let us work together with you about the best possible treatments for your condition.