What is als?

More commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive, neuromuscular disease that is characterized by a degeneration of the motor neurons; the cells in the brain and spinal cord which control muscles. As the motor neurons die, the muscles weaken, affecting the ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe. For the majority of people the mind remains fully aware. As of today, there is no known cause or cure for ALS, although there are many promising research programs.

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Common questions


There are many qualified neurologists throughout Michigan who treat pALS on a regular basis. In fact, Michigan is extremely fortunate to have some of the finest ALS physicians and treatment centers anywhere. These centers provide a multidisciplinary approach to caring for pALS, using the latest advancements in the treatment of ALS. Please contact these clinics for more information about specific services, or call us at 800-882-5764 for more information:

Harry J. Hoenselaar ALS Clinic

Department of Neurology
2799 West Grand Boulevard, K-11
Detroit, MI 48202-2689

(313) 916-2835
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Michigan Institute For Neurological Disorders (MIND)

Michigan Institute for Neurological Disorders
28595 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 200
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

(248) 553-0010
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Motor Neuron Disease - ALS Clinic

A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Floor 1, Room 1324
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5322

(734) 936-9020
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Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center

220 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

(616) 685-5050
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Spectrum Health Multidisciplinary ALS/Neuromuscular Disease Clinic

2750 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

(616) 267-7104
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