Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that progressively shuts down your muscles by attacking certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. Eventually, patients will lose their mobility, have trouble moving, walking, swallowing and even breathing. There is no known cure for ALS and the treatments available only slow the progression of the disease a little. But there are certain therapies that can help with the day-to-day life of patients. Here’s a list of six ALS therapies to improve quality of life (source: Mayo Clinic website):
1. Breathing care. As times goes by, ALS patients will end up having difficulties with breathing as their muscles become weaker. To help with breathing, doctors usually test patients’ breathing capacity regularly and may provide devices to assist breathing at night. In some cases, it may be necessary for patients to breathe through mechanical ventilation; a tube is inserted in a surgically created hole at the front of the neck leading to your windpipe (tracheostomy), and the tube is connected to a respirator to help with the breathing. (Read more on respiratory support options)
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