For most people with ALS, the main treatment may involve the management of symptoms. This may include physical, occupational, speech, respiratory, and nutritional therapies. Some medicines and heat or whirlpool therapy may help relieve muscle cramping. Exercise, in moderation, may help maintain muscle strength and function.
There is no cure and no proven treatment for ALS. But the FDA has approved the medicines riluzole and endavarone.
These medicines may improve survival or slow physical decline in people with ALS.
Managing the symptoms of ALS is a process that is challenging for you, your caregivers, and your medical team. But it’s important to know that there are many community resources available for support and assistance.
Researchers are conducting studies to increase their understanding of genes that may cause the disease. They are also looking at the mechanisms that can trigger motor neurons to degenerate in ALS and approaches to stop the progress leading to cell death.