Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
It’s never too late to start recovery. Our activity-based recovery options are customized for each client and are based on an assessment and evaluation by one of our Certified Recovery Specialists. Our primary focus is to slow the progression of the disease and help our clients preserve their independence and improve their quality of life.
Recent research is also beginning to show that exercise may be a key component in this endeavor. (ScienceDirect).
As with other neurological disabilities, each individual is uniquely affected and we will customize your program based upon your functional abilities.
For instance, one of our more notable clients, Augie Nieto was diagnosed with ALS in early 2005. He currently attends Project Walk and made headlines when he defied odds and walked his daughter down the aisle of her wedding day.
To begin one of our world class recovery programs, begin by clicking the "apply now" below.
What is ALS?
ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a non-traumatic, progressive, neurodegenerative motor neuron disease. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. As the motor neurons degenerate and eventually die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. Over time this may cause total paralysis.
Symptoms of ALS
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Muscle spasticity
- Muscle weakness that slowly gets worse
- Commonly involves one part of the body first, such as the arm or hand
- Eventually leads to difficulty lifting, climbing stairs, and walking
- Speech problems, such as a slow or abnormal speech pattern (slurring of words)
Although the order and rate of symptoms varies, eventually most people are unable to walk or use their hands and arms. They also may lose the ability to speak and swallow food, and most end up on a ventilator. Although death often occurs within 3 - 5 years of diagnosis, about 1 in 4 patients survive for more than 5 years after diagnosis. Also, there are documented cases of people where ALS has stopped progressing or progresses at a very slow rate.