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The ALS Center of Oregon

The ALS Center of Oregon is dedicated to the care and support of individuals and their families living with ALS.

 

Welcome to the ALS Center

The ALS Center of Oregon works to streamline the referral process by sharing information with primary care physicians, case managers, insurance companies, and other health-care institutions throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the United States.

Our ALS Clinics take a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our ALS staff includes neurologists, a clinical nurse manager, pulmonary consultants, augmentative speech specialists, voice and swallowing specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, and orthotists.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. In healthy people, cells in the spinal cord and brain called ‘motor neurons’ control voluntary muscles. In ALS, these motor neurons deteriorate and the strength of the nerve signal that reaches the muscles decreases. Electrical signals from the nerves normally maintain muscle mass, and as these signals decrease, affected muscles shrink and weaken.

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