What Are the Treatments for Spinal Sclerosis?

As of 2015, the medication riluzole is the only treatment as of 2015 for spinal sclerosis, technically known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, says the ALS Association. This drug can't cure the disease or even stop its progression, though it has shown evidence of slowing the spinal degeneration in some patients.

Other than riluzole, the only treatments available for spinal sclerosis help only with the symptoms, states WebMD. For instance, physical therapy helps to improve circulation in the arms and legs, giving the patient prolonged use of the limbs. A few drugs and supplements help to relieve stiffness, slow muscle decline and ease muscle cramps. However, some experts believe that giving a patient cell-derived neuroptrophic factor might be able to protect nerves from degeneration and even regenerate those that are damaged.

ALS is a disease that causes the hardening or sclerosis of the nerves in the spinal cord and brain, explains the ALS Association. The muscles that these nerves connect to, without nourishment from the nerves, degenerate. The spinal region of the sclerosis scars, producing hardened tissue. These nerves are fundamental to movement, making it increasingly difficult for the patient to walk, eat or even breathe over time until he can no longer move.