Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Despite the poor prognosis, supportive and novel treatments through an experienced ALS clinic can prolong and improve quality of life.

For more detailed information about ALS, please visit; ALS Association.

Local support groups:  ALSA-MI, Susan Mast Foundation

Treatments for ALS

We know it’s discouraging that there’s no cure for ALS. Take comfort in knowing that our care team is going to do everything possible to help you. We will work diligently to reduce discomfort and slow the progression of the disease to extend your life and quality of life. This is possible with the right medicine and therapies.

As regional leaders in ALS care, you have access to a team of neurologists, social workers, nurses and rehabilitation specialists. We are devoted to supporting your entire family's journey. Together with your primary care doctor, we'll develop the right treatment plan for you. Take a look at some of the treatments we can offer.

ALS Medicine
Specific medication has been proven effective to slow the progression of ALS, and extending quality of life.

Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies
Electromyography and nerve conduction studies, typically referred as an EMG, are electrical tests of muscle and nerve that neurologists and physiatrists perform on patients for a variety of conditions.

Muscle and Nerve Biopsy
A muscle biopsy is a procedure used to identify an infection or disease in your muscle.

Neuropsychology
When you experience a decline in memory and thinking skills, you may benefit from neuropsychology. We'll work with you to improve cognitive function, emotional health and behaviors.

Neuro Rehabilitation
Our physical therapy and rehabilitation experts don't just work on improving your physical function. We understand that neurological connections with your brain and your nerves affect your physical, cognitive and emotional health. Our holistic approach brings you greater success.

Skin Biopsy
Your doctor may request a skin biopsy, which is a sample size of skin tissue is removed for testing for suspicious areas of skin that are abnormal in size, color and shape.