Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, affecting more 5000 to 6000 people in the United States annually.
The onset of ALS occurs in most cases between the ages of 40 and 72. Up to 10% of ALS cases are genetically acquired, with the remaining having no clear cause.
Early symptoms of ALS include muscle weakness, stiffness, and muscle twitches, with sometimes difficulty speaking and swallowing, and eventually effect breathing.
Austin Neuromuscular Center is part of the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium and we are committed to the patients and their families to provide comprehensive and compassionate care and up to date management of ALS.
As part of our commitment, we provide opportunity to our patients to participate in clinical trials to help the advancement of ALS research.