ALS is a life-threatening condition in which the body’s nerve cells are attacked – eventually leaving the patient paralyzed. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about how physical therapy can help treat patients suffering from ALS disease.
ALS Disease – a Quick Primer
Before we get into the benefits of physical therapy for ALS, let’s talk briefly about the condition itself. ALS (short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive condition in which the nerve cells in the body break down over time. The result is a gradual loss of coordination, strength, and mobility. Here are a few of the symptoms seen in an ALS patient:
- Difficulty talking & swallowing
- Decreased coordination
- Loss of muscle and/or weight
- Muscle spasms
There is no known cure for ALS disease – and its cause is similarly unknown.
How Physical Therapy can Help
Even though the disease cannot be cured, its symptoms can be slowed with treatment options like physical therapy. Addressing the symptoms of ALS proactively can significantly reduce their progression, improve mobility, and boost coordination. A skilled physical therapist can develop a strategic plan for your unique situation.
Twin Cities Physical Therapy Clinics
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Twin Cities physical therapists have nearly thirty years of experience treating patients across the state of Minnesota for a wide variety of conditions and injuries. We have standing referral relationships with more than 600 local providers (surgeons and physicians) who continue to refer their patients over to our therapists when needed. We also have direct access to physical therapy care for Minnesota patients so you can make your appointment regardless of whether or not you have a referral. Contact us today at our Twin Cities physical therapy clinics – located in Edina and downtown Minneapolis – to set up an appointment with one of our experienced rehabilitation specialists.
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