ALS is a progressive neurological disease. It stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and normally occurs in the hands, legs, and extremities before spreading to the central part of the body.
People who develop ALS normally face a challenge with walking first, as they can sometimes fall over or lose their balance. Frequent muscle cramps or weakness in the hands or legs are also common.
As ALS spreads across the body, it can influence the way a person uses their extremities, speaks, swallows, and even breathes.
Unfortunately, at this moment, there is no treatment for ALS. However, the aim of our recovery team is to help preserve function and independence for as long as possible.
Health Point Physical Therapy also focuses on the prevention of secondary complications (such as injuries associated with falling) by providing protection and adaptation information while using assistive devices.
Our physical therapists may prescribe the use of supportive equipment, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces, and other aids, as the disease progresses.