Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the North Boulder Physical Therapy team is here to help. Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”, ALS affects those nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain that control motor and voluntary movement. As the disease advances, these degenerative nerve cells eventually die out, cutting off signals to the muscles.
Through consistent physical therapy, it’s possible to slow down the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We can target muscles that have not been affected and help strengthen them. One of our physical therapists will also help you adjust and modify daily activities and routine according to the changes in your body and capabilities.
As a new patient of North Boulder Physical Therapy, we will start by reviewing your medical history, including all documentation from your medical team or specialists. An individualized PT program will then be developed to address the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) symptoms you may be enduring:
- Loss of balance/coordination
- Difficulty with walking
- Weakness in extremities
- Stiff or cramped muscles
- Trunk and posture issues
- Difficulty grasping/holding items
Once we determine what’s needed, we will begin a therapy regimen to help maintain existing function and address problem areas. We’ll continue to work as a team with your doctor to ensure you receive the most appropriate, ongoing physical therapy methods.
ALS Care at North Boulder Physical Therapy
Depending on the severity and progression of the disease, our physical therapists may implement any or all of the following approaches:
- Exercises and treatments to focus on problem areas, as well as to help prevent secondary impairments associated with decreased mobility.
- Your physical therapist can provide recommendations regarding special equipment that may be used to maximize independence and function as the disease progresses.
- They will provide caregiver education to assist patients with safe mobility and passive or active assisted exercises to prevent secondary impairments.
At North Boulder Physical Therapy, we’ll go the extra mile to provide patients living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) expert care to improve your quality of life. Contact us today for an appointment.