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ALS Care at OhioHealth

All of Your Doctors in One Place

Traveling to multiple physician appointments on different days of the week isn’t easy for anyone, let alone someone coping with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). At the OhioHealth ALS Clinic at Westerville Medical Campus, you or your family member have access to multiple specialists in one location. In fact, during a typical visit, you stay in one room and our team comes to you.

ALS Treatment

There is no treatment specifically for ALS. We offer and educate patients and their families about treatment options for symptoms and effects resulting from ALS throughout the course of the disease. These options can include:

  • Symptom management medications
  • Any ALS-identified medications that may be on the market or in research
  • Information about self-enrollment in the National ALS Registry, which can help advance research
  • Assistance devices, such as a percutaneous endogastric tube (PEG) for swallowing difficulties or nutritional challenges

ALS Diagnosis

Our ALS neurologists are experienced in distinguishing the subtle symptoms of early onset ALS from other, similar conditions. A diagnostic meeting includes:

  • A full physical exam and clinical evaluation
  • Determination for testing, such as EMG (an electrodiagnostic test that looks at muscle and nerve function), blood tests and/or an MRI, as needed

Upon diagnosis, we explain the disease and work closely with patients and their families to help them make decisions about care. If patients are interested, we enroll them in the OhioHealth ALS Clinic.