What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, resulting in the inability to control voluntary muscles.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

ALS is characterized by the progressive degeneration and death of motor neurons. These specialized nerve cells are responsible for transmitting signals from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. As ALS advances, motor neurons lose their ability to function. As a result, individuals with ALS experience muscle weakness, atrophy, and a loss of motor control.

Individuals with ALS may experience cognitive and behavioral changes, including frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD can lead to alterations in personality, decision-making, and social behavior, though not all ALS patients develop these symptoms.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ALS. The exact cause of the disease remains unclear, although some cases are linked to genetic mutations. While there is no cure, there are therapies and treatments available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

ALS is a challenging condition that not only affects the physical abilities of those diagnosed but also has a significant emotional and psychological impact on individuals and their loved ones. Despite the absence of a cure, ongoing research and efforts within the medical community continue to improve our understanding of the disease and provide hope for better treatments in the future.


people are diagnosed per year

2-5 Years

is the average life expectancy

Only 10%

of cases are inherited through a mutated gene

According to the American Academy of Neurology's Practice Parameter Update, studies have shown that participation in a multidisciplinary ALS clinic may prolong survival and improve quality of life.