Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects motor neurons. Motor neurons activate muscles contractions and, without stimulation, muscles atrophy. As voluntary muscle action is affected, people lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. Your therapy team will be an important support as you face these changes:
Physical therapy will address pain, walking, mobility, bracing and equipment needs to help you stay independent. They will prescribe a program of stretches to help prevent pain and help your muscles function at their best and low-impact exercises to help maintain your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and range of motion for as long as possible. They will help you adjust to a brace, walker or wheelchair and might suggest devices such as ramps that make it easier for you to get around.