Organization news Information/Education Page| Volume 100, ISSUE 3, P583-586, March 2019

A Guide to Understanding the Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Treatment

      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a complex disease that affects the nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord, which affects many parts of the body. The brain loses the ability to control muscles throughout the body, including the ability to speak, eat, move arms and legs, and eventually breathe. Because ALS affects the brain, some people also begin to have difficulties with their thinking and mood. The symptoms of ALS can affect everyone differently; and as a result, most people with ALS need treatment from many different types of medical care providers. Patients often find the numerous appointments and recommendations from different specialty providers to be difficult and overwhelming to manage. Many hospitals and treatment clinics offer a multidisciplinary team approach to treat ALS, with the goal to improve the quality and access to care for the person with ALS and the caregiver.
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