ALS

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    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease that typically begins in the hands, feet, and extremities, then progresses centrally. People may first discover that they have difficulty walking, tripping or poor balance. In addition, people may notice that they have weakness in their hands or legs, along with occasional muscle cramps.

    As the disease progresses, it affects walking, use of the arms, speaking, swallowing and breathing muscles. While there is no cure for ALS, maintaining independence and function as long as possible is the goal of the rehabilitation team. Safety with walking and adaptation of assistive devices is critical to prevent secondary complications such as fractures from falls.

    How therapy helps

    Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy typically coordinate as a team for people with ALS, depending on their severity of symptoms and progression of the disease. Physical therapy focuses on improving and maintaining range of motion, strength, stamina, walking, and balance. In addition, our physical therapists will focus on making recommendations for adaptive equipment such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces and other devices. The goal of physical therapy is to maintain safety with walking and independence for as long as possible.

    Although ALS is a progressive disease, the use of physical therapy can make a big difference in your quality of life, maintaining independence and function for as long as possible.

     

Are You in Pain?

Is your pain making it difficult for you to concentrate?

Are you hoping it will just go away but it’s still hurting you?

If you answered “Yes” to any of those three questions, please contact us to make an appointment to see one of our qualified Physical Therapists. We will interview you, find out your problem, layout the customized plan for you and work with you personally.

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  • Covington: (985) 871-7878
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