As a Florida brain injury lawyer, I was fascinated by a recent peer reviewed article in a neuropathology journal that links Lou Gehrig’s Disease to concussions or other brain trauma.
The horrific disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS involves cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The recent revelations suggest that they may be caused by concussion like trauma, that erodes the central nervous system in similar ways.
Now accidents victims who have a suspected brain injury need caution in their diagnosis and treatment. Likewise, patients being diagnosed with ALS need to consider brain trauma. Currently there is no known cure for ALS.. Riluzole is a drug used for ALS patients and while it may prolong life, it does not reverse or stop the disease from getting worse.