Lou Gehrig’s Disease – ALS
Lou Gherig’s disease is becoming more commonly known by its medical acronym – ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS is a neurogenerative disease attacking the motor neuros throughout the body. It is a nervous system disease weakening muscles and impacting one’s physical function. Motor neurons are crucial to the control of muscle movement. When motor neurons degenerate, the vital connection between the brain, spinal cord, and spine is destroyed. This disconnect causes the brain to lose control of muscle movement.
Symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s Disease – ALS
Motor neurons travel from the brain down through the spinal cord. From the spine, motor neurons travel laterally to all muscles in the body. By innervating certain muscles, motor neurons bring nourishment and movement. Disturbance to this connection result in muscle atrophy due to lack of nourishment.
Muscle atrophy occurs when a muscle begins to lose muscle mass due to nerve damage. This is neurogenic atrophy.
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired speech
- Stooped posture
- Limited range of neck movement
- Thinning of the limbs
Though there is no cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease, there are many therapeutic treatments to help lessen the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Physical therapy helps to improve circulation and prolong muscle use in the early stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is crucial for your treatment provider to properly diagnose your condition and target muscle atrophy areas.
Diagnosing Lou Gehrig’s Disease
At Spine and Sports Medicine, a doctor will administer Neurological Testing (EMG/NCV) to detect nerve damage. Other testing will rule out muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord tumors, and other disease.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease
The Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will design a treatment plan specifically tailored to treat Lou Gehrig’s disease and increase your quality of life. The painful and debilitating symptoms of Lou Gehrig’s disease can be relieved through:
At Spine and Sports Medicine, effective treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease can be achieved through a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team Approach.
- Manual – hands on – Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercises
- High Tech Exercises
- High Touch Exercises
- Weight Resistance Exercises
- Postural Corrections
- Tailored Home Exercise Program
Gold Standard Pain Management
Other highly effective pain management treatment methods at Spine and Sports Medicine include:
- Medical Massage
Medical Insurance Coverage for Lou Gehrig’s Therapeutic Treatment
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of Lou Gehrig’s treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of treating the painful and debilitating symptoms stemming from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment in One Convenient Location
Discover effective treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
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