Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing weakness and muscle atrophy. There is no cure, and those with the disease typically live only two to five years after diagnosis. Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone loses their battle.
There is good evidence that people with ALS who receive treatment at an ALS multidisciplinary clinic get the best possible care for their condition, live longer and have a higher quality of life.
The Mercyhealth ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic is the first and only of its kind in the Rockford area. The clinic provides a central location, bringing together all the necessary medical providers all in one day. The team works to provide comprehensive care and education tailored to the individualized needs of each patient.