Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Our neurologists are skilled in the latest treatments for ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by muscle weakness and decreased mobility. Our focus is on slowing the progression of your symptoms, preventing unnecessary complications and making you more comfortable and independent.
Lou Gehrig's Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS)
Comprehensive Treatment for ALS
The ALS Center at Orlando Health is the only comprehensive clinic in Central Florida dedicated to the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Led by Dr. Tawfiq Al-Lahham, the clinic provides multidisciplinary care in a single location, offering both convenience and coordinated care.
ALS is a rare, degenerative disease of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord that results in progressive muscle weakness. In the United States, 5,000–6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS every year, with approximately 50-60 new cases occurring in metropolitan Orlando. At any given time 20,000–30,000 Americans live with ALS. While 5–10 percent of ALS is inherited, the majority of ALS patients have no family history of the disease. The average age of onset for ALS is 55 years, but it can be seen in people from their early 20s to 80 years and older. People with ALS live an average of 20–48 months from the time they begin experiencing symptoms, although 10 percent of patients can live longer than 10 years.
ALS is the most common form of motor neuron disease. There are "relatives" of ALS, including progressive muscular atrophy, primary lateral sclerosis and progressive bulbar palsy.