Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) leads to progressive muscle weakness in the arms, legs, tongue and throat. ALS can cause trouble with walking and speaking.
Our team, including some of the world's leading ALS experts, provides an extraordinary level of care. We deliver personalized treatments that help you make the most of each day. And our coordinated approach means less time at the doctor, so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy.
What Is ALS?
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, causes cells in the brain and spinal cord (motor neurons) to stop working. Without motor neurons, your brain cannot communicate with your muscles, causing them to weaken.
ALS symptoms can affect muscles anywhere in your body, leading to:
- Difficulty moving, including tripping and falling
- Labored breathing
- Slurred speech
- Trouble swallowing
Nationally Recognized ALS Care at Cedars-Sinai: Why Choose Us?
ALS experts at Cedars-Sinai participate in research and maintain the highest care standards. We deliver treatments that slow the progression of the disease, so you can live independently for as long as possible. Our commitment to leading-edge care has earned Cedars-Sinai recognition as a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence from the ALS Association. We are also a designated Muscular Dystrophy Association ALS Care Center.
Highlights of our program include:
Cedars-Sinai is home to neurologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders such as ALS. You receive a prompt diagnosis and appropriate therapies—even as your ALS symptoms change. Our experienced team works with you to develop a therapy plan that is best for your circumstances. Meet our expert team.
Your time is precious, which is why we coordinate services so you can see multiple specialists in one visit. You may see a neurologist and receive physical therapy on the same day. And our team members are in regular communication, so you don't have to keep track of the details of your care.
Our doctors are advancing ALS care through research. You may have the option to receive new treatments available through clinical trials. We are also working on identifying the genes that may be responsible for ALS. Read more on the Cedars-Sinai blog: ALS and Genetics: What Do We Know?
Team Approach to ALS Care
At Cedars-Sinai, you have an entire ALS team helping you feel your best. We tailor treatments to help you stay safe, comfortable and functioning to the best of your ability. To make care easier for you, we offer an ALS clinic day where all of our experts are available in one location. We deliver a care plan that works best for you.
You may receive care from experts in:
- Genetic counseling, who let you know if you have a form of ALS that runs in families and if other members of your family would benefit from genetic testing
- Nutrition counseling, who recommend foods and techniques, including a feeding tube if necessary, to help you get proper nutrition
- Occupational therapy, who teach you special methods of performing everyday activities, such as bathing and eating, as well as how to use a power wheelchair if you have difficulty walking
- Physical therapy, who help you live as independently as possible with exercises and equipment, such as canes and walkers, that support movement
- Pulmonology and respiratory therapy, who make sure you are breathing well and, if necessary, fit you with machines that support your ability to breathe
- Speech therapy, who help you overcome challenges with swallowing and teach you other methods for communicating if talking becomes too difficult
- Social work, who help you and your family tackle challenges related to your care, including transportation, medical bills and health insurance