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What tools and devices can help with treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

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ALS is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. It kills the nerves that control motion in your body. Tools and devices that might help include:

  • Splints, reach extenders, and grab-bars
  • Canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.
  • Computerized voice synthesizers: These can help when you can no longer speak clearly.
  • Respirator: Your doctor can insert a breathing tube directly into your windpipe when you can’t breathe on your own.
  • Feeding tube: A feeding tube into your stomach may help when swallowing become hard.

From: Are There Any Treatments for ALS? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 3, 2017

SOURCES: 

LS Association: “Quick Facts About ALS.”

Mayo Clinic: “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Treatment.”

CDC: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis -- United States, 2012–2013.”

Johns Hopkins University, Robert Packard Center for Treatment of ALS.

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet.”

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: “ALS.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 3, 2017

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