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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Treatment Information
We treat all types of ALS patients, whether your symptoms start with speech and swallowing issues or weakness in your limbs. ALS impacts you and your family. At IU Health our physicians and therapists deliver follow-up care between clinic visits and are always available to answer your questions.
The treatment and services we offer include:
- Diagnostic tests. If your symptoms warrant it, your neurologist will refer you to the IU Neuroscience Center for further testing. We evaluate your health history and symptoms and perform special imaging tests used to confirm neurological disorders. These may include electromyography and nerve conduction velocity tests. We also do blood work and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your brain and spine to rule out other diseases.
- Medicine. Your physician may prescribe specific medicines to slow down the degenerative effects of ALS, but they are not a cure.
- Physical therapy. As you lose muscle control, our physical and occupational therapists help you prevent frozen joints and retain your range of motion through stretching and other exercises.
- Speech therapy. If you have trouble talking, a speech therapist works with you to improve your communication and teaches you how to use a communication device.
- Nutrition. Many ALS patients experience trouble swallowing and suffer weight loss. Our dietitians teach you and your family how to prepare frequent small meals that are easy to swallow.
- Respiratory therapy. When you begin to have breathing trouble, a respiratory therapist will monitor your breathing and coughing. A biphasic positive airway pressure machine may be used to help you breathe.
- Care service representative. Our ALS clinic employs a care service representative who helps you and your family access services designed to make your life easier. This can include home care.
- Clinical trials. We are part of the Northeast ALS (NEALS) Consortium, a group committed to ALS clinical trial research. We have participated in many clinical trials since 1993. We also conduct our own research studies with the IU School of Medicine such as tests for a new drug developed at IU called CC100, which is shown to stop ALS progression in mice.
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Support Services
Learn more about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Support Services
This national nonprofit focuses on global research and assisting patients and families who are living with ALS.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides patient information about treatments, research and clinical trials for ALS.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
This group sponsors research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases including ALS.
Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Neurology
Neuromuscular physicians at the IU School of Medicine are deeply involved in research and clinical trials to find new treatments for ALS.