Only five to ten percent of individuals inherit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, yet there is no known cause for why the other ninety to ninety-five percent don’t get it. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease that kills nerve cells eventually rendering the affected individual disabled and is ultimately fatal. In the United States alone there are thirty thousand cases and an average of five thousand new cases per year. If someone has a family history of it, there is a 50/50 chance of getting it. Get to know the major symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis now.
Individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis may experience difficulty walking as one of the symptoms. Sometimes in the beginning stages, patients will have motion issues in one leg rather than both. In various cases, patients note being more clumsiness while walking, such as tripping more often than usual. This is known as ‘limb-onset ALS,’ in which the muscles in the legs, feet, and ankles get weaker. Because of the muscle weakness, it is more difficult for the patient to do normal daily activities. Although the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis varies from person to person, the result is ultimately the inability to stand or walk. To help maintain independence for as long as possible, a patient can do physical therapy to strengthen the muscles not yet affected.
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