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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disease gradually destroys the brain and spinal cord’s motor neurons, resulting the loss of muscle control and movement. There are two different types of ALS, sporadic and familial: Sporadic ALS is the most common form and can affect anyone. Familial ALS is inherited; there is a 50% children of individuals with familial ALS will inherit the ALS gene mutation and develop the disease, according to the ALS Association.

ALS Clinic

The ALS Clinic at UI Health brings together a team of medical professionals to meet with and treat patients in one setting, all in one day. The multidisciplinary approach allows our patients to not only have an opportunity to discuss their medical needs with a neurologist but also with a comprehensive team of medical professionals who are well versed in ALS, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers, and nurses. The clinic team provides important medical care for patients while also helping them in the management of their disease in a supportive, specialized, collaborative environment.

The ALS Clinic at UI Health was created in partnership with the Greater Chicago Chapter of ALS Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association, and it is certified as an ALS Center of Excellence by the ALS Association.

The ALS Clinic sees patients the second on fourth Thursday of each month from 1–5 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call 312.996.4780.