General terms are available that encompass commonly used terms for patients newly diagnosed. ulnar nerve

General Terms

ulnar nerve compression

The ulnar nerve is one of the few nerves in the entire human body that is not protected by muscle or bone. When nerves become compressed between muscles and/or bones they are unable to send sensory information to the brain for processing, mainly because the information cannot pass through the nerve fibers.

ulnar nerve

The ulnar nerve is one of the few nerves in the entire human body that is not protected by muscle or bone. Nerves are usually protected by muscle or bone so that they're not exposed to being hit, banged, or bumped directly. When hitting an unprotected nerve a searing pain or strange sensation can hurt and cause adverse, although temporary effects such as pins and needles and numbness.

thenar atrophy

The thenar region of the palm is the group of muscles in the thick pad just underneath the thumb. Thenar atrophy is an erosion of muscle tissue, which can impair control over the thumb and leave the hand disfigured. The problem can be several different conditions and disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, acromegaly, or direct trauma to the wrist or thumb.

Feeding tube

A feeding tube is a way to inject food directly into a patients body without the normal procedure of having to chew and swallow. A feeding tube provides food through a tube placed, most often, in the nose, the small intestine, and through the stomach. A tube in the nose is called a nasogastric tube or nasoenteral tube.


A condition that tends to occur more often in family members by direct lineage, such as through parents or grand parents. Some familial diseases are known to skip a generation, but more often, are passed directly from parent to child. Familial diseases, more often than not, are expected to occur in more prevalence in one family than by chance alone.

Electric-powered wheelchair

Electric-powered wheelchairs (EPW), are powerchairs that are powered by means of electricity (usually battery-powered), versus the traditional muscle, or human-powered methods.

Sporadic ALS

ALS encompasses two main types of ALS which are Sporadic ALS and Familial ALS. Sporadic ALS accounts for approximately 90% to 95% of all cases of ALS. Studies show cases of sporadic ALS are increasing internationally. Whether the above forms of sporadic ALS represent a spectrum of the same disease or whether they are in fact distinct is not yet known.