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