ALS Fairfield & Corsicana, TX

ALS

Malvinee J.
Prior to coming, I had problems with standing erect. When I first started I was having trouble with my feet dragging and I was shuffling. I no longer have trouble picking up my feet. I’ve noticed that people that I know that have Parkinson’s say exercise does not make a difference, but it does. It makes a difference with your overall physical and mental outlook. I recommend that anyone that has Parkinson’s comes and completes the program and exercises.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease that typically begins in the hands, feet, and extremities, then progresses centrally. People may first discover that they have difficulty walking, tripping or poor balance. In addition, people may notice that they have weakness in their hands or legs, along with occasional muscle cramps.

As the disease progresses, it affects walking, use of the arms, speaking, swallowing and breathing muscles. While there is no cure for ALS, maintaining independence and function as long as possible is the goal of the rehabilitation team. Safety with walking and adaptation of assistive devices is critical to prevent secondary complications such as fractures from falls.

How therapy helps those with ALS

Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy typically coordinate as a team for people with ALS, depending on their severity of symptoms and progression of the disease. Physical therapy focuses on improving and maintaining range of motion, strength, stamina, walking and balance. In addition, our Fairfield and Corsicana physical therapists will focus on making recommendations for adaptive equipment such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces and other devices. The goal of physical therapy is to maintain safety with walking and independence for as long as possible.

Although ALS is a progressive disease, the use of physical therapy can make a big difference in your quality of life, maintaining independence and function for as long as possible. Do you suffer from ALS? Is this condition impacting your lifestyle? If so, Contact Us Today at Fairfield & Corsicana, TX Centers for a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive assessment. Our skilled and knowledgeable physical therapists can help you manage the symptoms of your neurological condition. Each patient has unique needs, and our therapists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for success.