ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
At Henry Ford’s Harry J. Hoenselaar ALS Clinic, our ALS patients have the advantage of expert diagnosis, early therapeutic intervention, the choice to participate in the newest clinical trials and ongoing care in a multidisciplinary team setting for the highest quality of daily life. Thousands of patients and their families have traveled to our clinic for diagnosis and care of this progressive disease, making us one of the busiest ALS clinics in Michigan.
What is ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuromuscular disease that gets worse over time. ALS involves a progressive degeneration of motor nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and spinal cord. When the motor neurons can no longer send impulses to the muscles, the muscles begin to waste away (atrophy), causing increased muscle weakness.