First Choice Neurology

ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rare neurological disease that primarily affects the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement (those muscles we choose to move). Voluntary muscles produce movements like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms get worse over time. Currently, there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt or reverse the progression of the disease.

ALS belongs to a wider group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, which are caused by gradual deterioration (degeneration) and death of motor neurons. Motor neurons are nerve cells that extend from the brain to the spinal cord and to muscles throughout the body. As motor neurons degenerate, they stop sending messages to the muscles and the muscles gradually weaken, start to twitch, and waste away (atrophy). Eventually, the brain loses its ability to initiate and control voluntary movements.

Jennifer Buczyner, MD
Medical Specialties
Stroke, Electromyography, Headaches/Migraines, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuropathy, Parkinson's disease, ALS, Myasthenia Gravis, Neuro2Go
Location
601 University Boulevard, Suite 102
Jupiter, FL 33458
Miguel Melo-Bicchi, MD
Medical Specialties
ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, Back Pain, Balance, Botox Injections, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Concussion, Dementia, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Facial Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gait Disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Memory, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck and Back Pain, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuropathy, Numbness, Parkinson’s Disease, Seizures, Spasticity, Spine Disorders, Stroke, Tingling, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tremors, Vertigo
Location
9090 SW 87th Court, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 596-2080
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