Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Diagnosis The cause of ALS is not completely understood making it that much harder to diagnose. There is currently no one test to establish the diagnosis of ALS. Doctors often use observation, family history and ruling out other diseases before a diagnosis can be established. A comprehensive diagnostic workup may include: 

• electrodiagnostic tests including electomyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
• blood and urine tests including looking for certain proteins and other indicators
• spinal tap
• magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other x-rays
• myelogram of cervical spine
• muscle and/or nerve biopsy
• neurological examinations

There are other diseases that have similar symptoms to ALS that are more treatable and have a better outcome. The ALS Association recommends that a person diagnosed with ALS seek a second opinion from an ALS "expert" - someone who diagnoses and treats many ALS patients and has training in this medial specialty.

See ALS Association Certified Centers and Clinics and contact your local ALS Association Chapter or the National Office to find an expert in your area.