Essay on Als : A Perspective Of Als

1703 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 7 Pages
Paige Slopey
Dr. Laurie Ward
English II
4 November 2014
A Perspective of ALS

A Perspective of ALS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a muscular disease that affects the upper and lower motor neurons. When the motor neurons die the ability to control muscle movements is no longer there. Before the age of 65, slightly more men than women develop ALS. This gender difference disappears after age 70. ALS is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig 's disease; Lou Gehrig was a famous baseball player. The disease was discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but was not nationally studied until Lou Gehrig’s diagnosis in 1939. “Progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.” (ALS Association) The vast progression of the disease eventually kills the patient. The progression of ALS has several stages: early, middle and final. The early symptoms come before the diagnosis is made. Clinical exams of upper and lower motor neurons are how ALS is mainly diagnosed. There are many different ways to treat ALS, one is physical therapy. Although there is no cure, there are treatments that can make it easier to live with the disease. The progression of ALS is in stages and is not always caught with one exam. There is currently no way to cure the disease. Early stages of ALS start in the lower part of the body. This normally occurs before the diagnosis is made. ‘Lateral’ in Amyotrophic…

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