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What is Spasticity

  • Spasticity is defined as an involuntary resistance to stretch. Spasticity is caused by an injury to a part of the central nervous system (the brain or spinal cord) that controls voluntary movements.
  • Spasticity is usually  permanent and neither improves nor worsens over time. 
  • Conditions of spasticity include hypertonia (increased muscle tone), series of rapid muscle contractions, muscle spasms , fixed joints etc.

Causes of Spasticity

  • Spasticity generally results from damage to the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement. It may also occur when the nerves traveling from brain down to spinal cord .are damaged.

Management of Spasticity

  • Cases of  mild spasticity,  are sometimes best left untreated Typically, treatment is reserved for spasticity that causes pain, interferes with activities of daily living or sleep, or leads to increasing levels of functional disability.
  • A Most people with spasticity require physical and occupational therapy to improve or maintain motion in their spastic limbs. Therapy could be supplemented by oral medication and in some cases surgery.

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