ALS is a neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movements like chewing or talking.
Originally, the disease was discovered by French doctor Jean-Martin Charcot in 1869. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS was brought to national attention by Lou Gehrig, an American professional baseball who retired due to the disease.
ALS can be inherited in some cases, but ALS usually occurs in people between the ages of 55 and 75. Men are more likely than women to develop ALS. Caucasians and non-Hispanics are also more likely to develop ALS.
Doctors are unsure of what exactly causes ALS. Factors that may cause ALS include genetics and environmental factors.
Signs and symptoms for ALS can vary from person to person and usually get worse over time.
While one test cannot diagnosis ALS, your neurologist can use a variety of testing including MRI and testing for other diseases.
While there is no cure, ALS symptoms can be treated by therapies and medications.
The team of specialists at Banner Health is here to help navigate life after an ALS diagnosis. We are here to assist during you or your loved one’s ALS journey.