VA Portland Health Care System
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic
Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning that ALS damages the nerves that make muscles work. This leads to weakness and loss of use of muscles throughout the body. As a result, individuals with ALS may experience a range of symptoms such as difficulty walking, losing fine motor skills, swallowing, or breathing problems. With muscle movements affected over time, patients in the later stages of the disease may become paralyzed. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the recent years have brought a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the disease mechanism and potential treatments. While there is no cure for ALS yet, there are treatments and interventions we can offer in our multidisciplinary team to manage symptoms and prolong life.
The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic, founded in 2011, offers a range of services and benefits. Our clinic is an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. Our goal is to provide high quality, individualized care and support to Veterans with ALS and their families.
Benefits for Veterans with ALS
ALS became a presumptive service-connected condition in 2008. This means that any Veteran
with 90 days or more of continuous active service in the military is eligible to apply for financial support from the VA. In addition to financial support, the VA also offers equipment and services to modify your home, transportation to and from VA appointments, and caregiving assistance.
What to Expect
When a Veteran with ALS comes to the ALS Clinic, they meet with a specialized healthcare team familiar with the unique needs of those with ALS, their caregivers, and loved ones. This team includes: a neurologist, nurse care coordinator, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, registered dietitian, social worker, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, and pulmonologist. Our patients are seen once every three to six months depending on the preference and needs of the Veteran. Veterans remain at clinic for three to four hours and team members perform assessments, answer questions, make recommendations, and suggest equipment and referrals as needed.
Hours and location
ALS Clinic is held on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday each month at the Portland VA Medical Center on the 4th floor of building 100.
Make an appointment
The VHAPORHCS Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic welcomes new patients!
Contact our VA Specialty Care Call Center at 503-220-8262 ext. 50820 to request an appointment with the clinic. If you are receiving care outside the VA, we will request your medical records for review.
Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic Trifold/Brochure
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- Portland VA Medical Center. Bldg 100, 4th floor, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
- 503-220-8262 Ext. 50820
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