Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
According to the ALS Association, there are at least 5,000 people diagnosed per year with ALS. ALS usually has a slow onset, and the initial symptoms can present in various ways and vary from person to person. The symptoms depend on which nerve cells are affected. Eventually, ALS affects the control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat, and breathe.
- Muscle weakness and twitching. Frequently starts in the arm or leg.
- Difficulty speaking
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty cleaning your throat and lungs
- Weakness in legs, feet, ankles, and hands
- Increased secretions
- Weight loss
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Risk Factors
- Genetics (10% of people with ALS, a risk gene was passed down from a family member. Most people with hereditary ALS, have a 50% chance of passing the gene on to their children)
- Age (ALS is most common between the ages of 60 and mid-80s)
Environmental factors have been associated with an increased rish of ALS including:
- Exposure to environmental toxic substances and viruses
Non-Invasive Home Ventilator Therapy
Device Type 1Getting ventilator support at home can help reduce the risk of hospitalization by lowering your body's carbon dioxide levels. Lincare's non-invasive home ventilator program provides state-of-the-art ventilation equipment and clinical monitoring to ensure your therapy is effective.
Device Type 2Helping your body get the oxygen it needs to function is important to managing your illness. If your practitioner prescribes oxygen therapy for ALS, Lincare will provide 24/7 treatment support and oxygen equipment designed to fit your needs.
Enteral Nutrition Therapy
Device Type 3Enteral therapy is a useful option if your diet has been disrupted by swallowing difficulties. We offer a full medical, and nutritional support program designed together with you and your practitioner. Our enteral therapeutics include various nutrition products and a wide range of feeding tube supplies and equipment suited to your needs.
High-Frequency ChestWall Oscillation
Device Type 4High-frequency chest wall oscillation is an airway clearance device. A fitted vest produces vibrations that loosen and remove mucus from the airway. It can be done from home, alleviating your symptoms, and allowing you to breathe easier.
Speech Generating Devices
Device Type 5At Lincare, we know living with speech disorders can be isolating, which is why we are committed to helping you gain the power to communicate and connect. We use highly customizable speech-generating devices to help with communication issues caused by congenital conditions, developmental delays, acquired diseases, or injuries.
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Devices We Provide Include:
Concentrators filter room air to deliver concentrated oxygen. Ideal if you require a continuous or nocturnal oxygen supply.
These portable cylinders are perfect to take with you on the go. They work well for daily use or in case of an emergency.
Airway clearance therapy that is the first battery-operated vest that lets patients receive therapy on the go.
State-of-the-art eye gaze devices are a high tech and highly effective access method for those with limited physical capabilities.
8.3" display, 12 MP front and rear-facing cameras, up to 10 hours of battery, AirTag, and a rotating carry handle/kickstand.
10.9" display, 12 MP front and rear facing cameras, up to 10 hours of battery, AirTag, and a rotating carry handle/kickstand.
12.9” display, 12MP front and 8MP rear-facing cameras, up to 10 hours of battery, and AirTag.
Portable ventilator offers proven performance in both invasive and non-invasive ventilation.
Provides invasive and non-invasive ventilation, intuitive interface, and flexible therapy options.
Luisa provides ventilator support and utilizes all standard volume, pressure and mouthpiece ventilation modes with High Flow Therapy.
Additional Lincare Services
Oxygen treatments can help improve oxygen intake, reduce symptoms, increase stamina, and generally improve quality of life.
If you are on Warfarin, PT/INR at-home testing lets you monitor your blood anticoagulation levels weekly from home.
Nebulizers treat diseases including COPD and asthma. We offer electronic and portable nebulizers, and our Pharmacy delivers them to you.