Stem Cell Treatment for ALS in Lafayette, IN
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease - is a severe condition affecting approximately 30,000 Americans, with over 5,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.
But what exactly is ALS?
Brought into common awareness by Lou Gehrig, a famous baseball player, the condition affects cells in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. ALS results in loss of control over your body and the eventual deterioration of muscles (the sclerosis part of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
What are the signs, symptoms of ALS?
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis typically begins with a painless, gradual onset. You'll experience muscle weakness and clumsiness; slurred speech can be present as well, along with cramps, general fatigue, and uncontrollable twitches. ALS presents uniquely in each patient, each experiencing a different set of symptoms and areas affected. However, ALS is an advancing disease, meaning these symptoms are just the start.
ALS can advance slowly or rapidly, but the average length of survival after onset is between three and five years.
With the typical progress of ALS dexterity is usually the first faculty to go, followed by course movements and eventually mobility itself. In the final stages, the muscles controlling breathing become affected and permanent assistance with breathing are required.
Stem Cell Treatment Options
ALS has no cure—yet. Within the last decade, though, significant advancements have been made in treatment and in slowing the progress of this disease, chief among which is stem cell research. Stem cells are found in many areas of the adult body as well as the amniotic fluid of the fetus. The reason these cells are so valuable is because their growth may be directed, which allows the cells to perform any cellular function in the human body.
Stem cell treatments for ALS center around harvesting, processing, and reinserting cells into your body that have been shown to slow the onset of the disease drastically. Stem cells used in treating ALS are often grown as motor neurons and used to rebuild and restore movement in ALS sufferers. For more information on stem cell treatment for ALS, call (765) 471-1100 or contact Charles Turner MD online.
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