Symptoms of ALS
The ALS Clinic at Hennepin Healthcare was the first certified Center of Excellence in the state of Minnesota by the ALS Association. Our mission is to provide the best care possible for our patients and families. We strive to put compassion in everything we do, because we know it matters to our patients and families affected by ALS.
The ALS Center of Excellence treats patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive degenerative disease of the nervous system. The disease is rare, and can affect individuals from any background.
In the United States, more than 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year. Early symptoms of ALS include muscle stiffness and weakness and may include difficulty with speech and swallowing. Individuals are affected in different ways, and the disease progresses differently in each person. Patients are diagnosed through neurological testing and a study of the individual's medical history. ALS patients require a great deal of physical and emotional care from family, friends, and health care professionals.
The ALS Center of Excellence is located within the Neurology Clinic.
The appointment line for ALS appointments is 612-873-5465.
The Hennepin Healthcare ALS Center of Excellence also participates in clinical research trials. For more information, please visit Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI).