Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

What is ALS?

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, involves the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When motor nerve cells no longer send impulses to muscles, the muscles begin to waste away, causing increased weakness and paralysis. Eventually, ALS affects the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe.

There is currently no cure for ALS, but the ALS Center at George Washington Hospital can help patients maintain a high quality of life. Certified ALS Centers are also involved in ALS research. Researchers at the ALS Center are developing projects to help in the fight against the disease.

The Program

The ALS Center uses a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and treat affected patients, and to support their families and other caregivers. The team includes a board-certified neuromuscular neurologist, a board-certified pulmonologist, a neuromuscular nurse practitioner and a clinical research coordinator as well as a speech-language pathologist, physical and occupational therapists, a dietitian and a social worker who is an ALS specialist.

Members of the team are present at each visit; their collaborative knowledge is considered in each decision. The goals of the team are the same: to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life.

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