ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

If you or a loved one is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it can be stressful for you and your family. Our multidisciplinary team provides dedicated, compassionate care for people with ALS in our patient-focused clinic in Tacoma.

What is ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a nervous system (neurological) disease that affects nerve cells in the spinal cord that control muscle movement. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famous baseball player who had the disorder.

ALS affects nerve cells that transmit electrical signals from the brain to the muscles. The disease causes the neurons to deteriorate and die off, which causes progressive muscle weakness and loss of physical function.

One location for comprehensive ALS care in Tacoma

Although no cure exists for ALS, we offer treatment options to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Our approach means that when you arrive at St. Joseph Medical Center, we come to you for your appointments:

  • Neurologists to consult with you and your family. We treat nerve damage and manage your overall care
  • Care managers for coordinating all the necessary services you and your family need
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists to maintain your functionality in walking, mobility, household and work activities, speaking and swallowing
  • Pulmonologists for therapies to support breathing
  • Pharmacists to provide your medications and your mobility and adaptive needs
  • Registered dietitians to help with issues surrounding nutritional support throughout every stage of the disease


Our dedicated ALS clinic in Tacoma is the only one of its kind in the South Puget Sound region. We serve ALS patients and their families from South Seattle to Vancouver and throughout the Olympic Peninsula.

Contact us for ALS care

To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call 253-426-4400, press “2” and ask for the ALS clinic.