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This website is operated by NYMMA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing information about compassionate care treatments available through New York’s Compassionate Care Act.  The website is purely educational and aims to help individuals make informed decisions about compassionate care treatments.

Compassionate Care: Alternative Treatment for ALS in New York


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a disease that affects nerves in the spinal cord and brain.  

ALS Symptoms: Pain, Stiffness & Spasticity

Symptoms include progressive worsening of voluntary movements like eating, walking and talking. Symptoms of ALS also include pain, muscle stiffness and spasticity that may be helped by compassionate care treatments.

Get Started: Get a Medical Card

The process starts by seeing a qualified physician to certify you for a medical card that can be used to obtain alternative treatments from a NY dispensary.

Compassionate Care Alternative Treatment Steps

Obtain certification from a qualified physician

Apply for your medical card online

Receive your medical card in the mail

Visit a dispensary to obtain medicine

Alternative ALS Treatment

Alternative ALS treatment available at dispensaries through the NY Compassionate Care Act can decrease pain, muscle spasms, and spasticity.

Qualifying for Alternative ALS Treatment

When conventional treatments for pain, spasticity or muscle spasms don’t work, you may qualify for compassionate care treatment. ALS treatment with compassionate care treatments (available through the NY Compassionate Care Act) should always be supervised closely by a qualified physician. This will help ensure the benefits of treatment are realized and the risks of side effects are reduced.

AvatarAbout the author: Dr. Michael Morgenstern is a double board certified neurologist and expert on alternative treatments available through the NY Compassionate Care Program. He is founder of NYMMA and has helped hundreds of patients with compassionate care treatments in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. This website is part of a non-profit, the NYMMA that is set up to educate you about compassionate care treatments. It does not provide any services or products. Click here to learn more about our organization or feel free to contact us by email or phone.


The NYMMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing compassionate care treatment in New York. NYMMAs aims to:

• Increase awareness about compassionate care treatments
• Publish content to inform patients about the benefits and risks of compassionate care
• Educate physicians about the best practices for compassionate care
• Collaborate with other groups to create publications that help patients, physicians and organizations to navigate complex rules and regulations related to compassionate care


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