Spasticity

Common Name(s)

Spasticity

Spasticity is a muscular condition characterized by involuntary movements and stiffness. Affected individuals will experience resistance when attempting movements due to muscles being involuntarily contracted. This condition may make small movements, such as buttoning a shirt, very difficult. Spasticity is caused by injury to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves as a result of trauma, stroke, or neuromuscular disorders. This injury results in abnormal signaling between the brain and muscles, causing the abnormal contraction of muscles. Many stroke survivors and over 80% of individuals with multiple sclerosis are affected by spasticity.

Common signs of spasticity include abnormal posture, a clenched fist, and flexed elbows, hands, or fingers. Individuals affected by spasticity may experience symptoms ranging from minor stiffness and inflexibility to involuntary and painful spasms. Other symptoms include difficulty speaking, jerky motions, pain with movement, and very strong reflexes. When an individual has severe spasticity for a long time, their muscle may decrease in size. This may lead to reduced range of motion or the inability to move a joint from a fixed position.

Diagnosis and treatment of spasticity are important to minimize symptoms in affected individuals. Proper treatment can reduce limitations, prevent further injury, and improve quality of life. Treatment for spasticity depends on the severity of the symptoms and overall health of the affected individual. Braces are often used to keep a muscle in a desired position. Physical therapy and exercises often help to strengthen muscles, maintain full range of motion, and reduce risk of permanent muscle damage. Medications taken as pills, injections, and/or implanted devices may be used to help relax muscles. If you or your child has been diagnosed with spasticity, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.

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The terms "Spasticity" returned 370 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Changes in body composition after spasticity treatment with intrathecal baclofen.
 

Author(s): Olle Skogberg, Kersti Samuelsson, Per Ertzgaard, Richard Levi

Journal: J Rehabil Med. 2017 Jan;49(1):36-39.

 

To assess changes in body composition, body weight and resting metabolic rate in patients who received intrathecal baclofen therapy for spasticity.

Last Updated: 19 Jan 2017

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A Potential New Indication for Botulinum Toxin Injection: A Case Study of Spasticity with Mirror Movements.
 

Author(s): Yu-Lan Zhu, Bei Zhang, Fang Li

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2016 10;129(20):2514-2515.

 

Last Updated: 17 Oct 2016

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Post-stroke spasticity as a condition: a new perspective on patient evaluation.
 

Author(s): A Baricich, A Picelli, F Molteni, E Guanziroli, Andrea Santamato

Journal: Funct. Neurol.. ;31(3):179-80.

 

Last Updated: 28 Sep 2016

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The terms "Spasticity" returned 45 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Baclofen in the Therapeutic of Sequele of Traumatic Brain Injury: Spasticity.
 

Author(s): Adán Pérez-Arredondo, Eduardo Cázares-Ramírez, Paul Carrillo-Mora, Marina Martínez-Vargas, Noemí Cárdenas-Rodríguez, Elvia Coballase-Urrutia, Radamés Alemón-Medina, Aristides Sampieri, Luz Navarro, Liliana Carmona-Aparicio

Journal: Clin Neuropharmacol. ;39(6):311-319.

 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an alteration in brain function, caused by an external force, which may be a hit on the skull, rapid acceleration or deceleration, penetration of an object, or shock waves from an explosion. Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of morbidity and mortality ...

Last Updated: 26 Aug 2016

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Transcranial direct current stimulation for improving spasticity after stroke: A systematic review with meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Bernhard Elsner, Joachim Kugler, Marcus Pohl, Jan Mehrholz

Journal: J Rehabil Med. 2016 Jul;48(7):565-70.

 

To evaluate the evidence regarding transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and to assess its impact on spasticity after stroke.

Last Updated: 18 Jul 2016

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Spotlight on botulinum toxin and its potential in the treatment of stroke-related spasticity.
 

Author(s): Michelle Kaku, David M Simpson

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Poststroke spasticity affects up to one-half of stroke patients and has debilitating effects, contributing to diminished activities of daily living, quality of life, pain, and functional impairments. Botulinum toxin (BoNT) is proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of focal ...

Last Updated: 29 Mar 2016

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Meditoxin® Treatment in Patients With Post Stroke Upper Limb Spasticity
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Muscle Spasticity

 

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2016

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Study of the Effects on Motor Recovery of Early Post-stroke Spasticity Treatment
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Muscle Spasticity

 

Last Updated: 13 Dec 2016

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Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Delivery Location and Its Effect on Spasticity
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Muscle Spasticity

 

Last Updated: 12 Sep 2016

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