Ohio State’s ALS/MND Clinic sees all major categories of neuromuscular disease. Our experience helps ensure that if you have an uncommon or complicated condition, we can provide the answers and the care you need.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system disease that attacks nerve cells called motor neurons in your brain and spinal cord. These neurons transmit messages from your brain and spinal cord to your voluntary muscles — the ones you can control, like those in your arms and legs. At first, this causes mild muscle problems. Some people notice:
- Trouble walking or running
- Trouble writing
- Speech problems
Eventually, you lose your strength and cannot move. When muscles in your chest fail, you cannot breathe. A breathing machine can help, but most people with ALS eventually die from respiratory failure.
ALS usually strikes between ages 40 and 60; however, it can occur in very young and very old individuals. No one knows what causes ALS. It can run in families, but usually it occurs at random. At this time, there is no cure. However, there are therapies that can relieve symptoms and, sometimes, prolong survival.
Source: NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Why choose Ohio State for treatment of ALS?
Team Approach to Care: The ALS/Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has a team of experts dedicated to diagnosing and managing your ALS:
- Neurologists with fellowship training in neuromuscular disorders
- Genetic counselors
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Speech therapists
- Nutrition therapists
- Social workers
Diagnostic Expertise: Our ALS/MND Clinic has nine neurologists board-certified and fellowship-trained in a large range of neuromuscular diseases.
As one of the largest neuromuscular centers in the country, we see all major categories of neuromuscular disease. Our experience helps ensure that if you have an uncommon or complicated condition, we can provide the answers and the care you need.
Experience: Ohio State manages the care of more than 200 people with ALS and has cared for thousands since the opening of our ALS/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic in the mid-1990s. We know what people with ALS and their families need at various stages of the disease and how we can best serve you at this critical time.
Research: Our ALS/Motor Neuron Disease Clinic gives you access to cutting-edge basic science research (studies meant to increase our knowledge base about how things work) and clinical trials for ALS and related motor neuron diseases that are available at only a handful of centers across the country. In addition, our integration with national research and clinical trial programs provides us with access to further knowledge and expertise in treating unusual and difficult symptoms.