Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Early symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may include weakness, muscle twitching (fasciculations), stiffness, slurred speech and swallowing difficulties. Since the early stages of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, can resemble other neurologic conditions, it’s important that patients are properly diagnosed.

At Swedish, our multidisciplinary ALS care team consists of physicians, nurses and other care providers who work together to diagnose and treat patients with ALS. During your appointment, you and your family will stay in one exam room while our providers rotate to visit you during your appointment. You’ll be provided a summary of your care plan, including any medication changes, nutritional guidance, equipment and physical and occupational therapies.

While there is no known cure for ALS at this time, our providers can help you manage your symptoms and offer you the latest technology to preserve function and quality of your life.  

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