Motor Neuron Diseases

Neck Pain

The motor neurone diseases (MND) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurones. These motor neurons are special cells which control the voluntary movements of the body including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and other general movements. Motor neurone disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects nerves in the upper or lower parts of the body. Symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, weakness in limb, slurred speech, facial weakness, and muscle cramps. The disease can easily progress very fast making the individuals unable to do manage themselves. Symptoms usually progressively get worse over time and will eventually become difficult to live with when the damages caused to the neurons makes it nearly impossible to do anything.

The common symptoms that are usually noticed are:

  • Weakness
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Loss of Control


Many medicines have been developed to help with the pain and suffering that those with Motor Neurone Disease will most likely go through during their time with the disorders. They may also seek physical therapy and sessions for massage and other services which can help them stay self sufficient. The drug riluzole can slow progression slightly; apart from this the medical care is supportive.