Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - ALS

by: EmpoweRN     Published on: 02 March 2015

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EmpoweRN.comHi guys! Thanks so much for watching my youtube channel: EmpoweRN.I really hope you like this video going over ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.For additional resources please visit my website here: enter the giveaway all you have to do is:Subscribe to the channelPost a positive commentWinner from Last week is: Pam Todd!!!!!Pam please email me asap at: [email protected] and place: “I Won” in the subject line!! Cannot wait to hear from you!!I would like to thank the contributors to this video:Rizalyn Joy Gadugdug Maria Salvacion Gonzales Yasmin HashmiArtem ShestakovAnd Babar HayatranaDisclaimer: These videos are intended for entertainment purposes only. Please follow the policy and procedures that your institution requires. Please note that the views, ideas & opinions expressed on this channel and in the videos on this channel are not necessarily of those of my employer or institution. The views expressed on this channel and in the videos channel do not represent medical advice. If you have specific medical concerns, please contact your physician. In order to protect patient privacy, all patient identifiers in all videos have been deleted or altered.The views expressed on this channel and in the videos on this channel are personal opinions. I am not an expert nor do I dispense medical advice or procedural specifications. The information I present is for general knowledge and entertainment purposes only. You need to refer to your own medical director, teachers and protocols for specific treatment information. It is your responsibility to know how best to treat your patient in your jurisdiction. (ALS) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS)Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, in which the motor neurons of the nervous system gradually degenerates and after some time, they eventually die. Irrespective of background, ethnicity and race, anyone can fall victim to this condition. ALS is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after a well known baseball player, who died from the disease. It is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases today.A motor neuron is a type of nerve cell which can be found in the spinal cord, brain and the brainstem. Motor neurons provide a connection between the voluntary muscles of the body and the nervous system. For instance during writing, the upper motor neurons which are in the brain send a message to the lower neurons, the one in the spinal cord, that you want to write. The lower motor neurons then send a message to the voluntary muscles that are required for the act of writing, for example: hands and arms.In case of ALS, these motor neurons get affected and cannot function properly and so the messages cannot be initiated or transferred to the muscles. This means that movement will not be supported in the muscles. This leads to the weakness of the muscles in the body. They also get thinner and have fine twitches. As the condition reaches its later stages, more and more motor neurons are damaged and more and more voluntary muscles fail to function, due to which the affected individual become unable to move their limbs and body. Eventually, it leads to complete paralysis. Failure of the muscles of diaphragm and the chest wall means that the person is no longer able to breath voluntarily, hence, the majority of ALS victims die due to respiratory failure in about 3-5 years after the appearance of the symptoms.In ALS the affected individual loses the ability to move the voluntary muscles but they may still have control over the movements of the bladder, bowel and eyes to some degree. Also, this medical condition does not affect the senses of touch, smell, hearing and taste.