Comprehensive rehabilitative care across the spectrum of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that results in progressive muscle weakness and wasting. There is no known cure and the disease is uniformly fatal. PURPOSE: This review discusses current concepts in ALS care, from breaking the diagnosis to end-of-life care. People with ALS have several multidisciplinary needs due to a complex and dynamic disease process. They benefit from rehabilitation interventions that are individualized and have the goal of optimizing independence, function, and safety. These strategies also help minimize symptomatic burden and maximize quality of life. CONCLUSION: Patient-centered, multidisciplinary care has a significant impact on the life of people with ALS and is the current standard of care for this patient population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Paganoni, S; Karam, C; Joyce, N; Bedlack, R; Carter, GT

Published Date

  • 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 68

PubMed ID

  • 26409693

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5223769

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-6448

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3233/NRE-151240


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands