Spasticity

What is Spasticity?

Spasticity is due to damage to nerves which does not allow the body to properly communicate with muscles. The muscles, in turn, will over-dominate the nerves and tend to make muscles be too tight. Examples of conditions that can cause spasticity include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Spastic muscles can shorten muscles permanently- this is called contracture. It is important to help prevent contracture, especially in children as this can stunt growth to the affected extremity. Contracture can be painful and reduce function and movement. Daily stretching can help with spasticity and protect against developing contracture, but sometimes more treatment is needed.

Goals of treatment include:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve gait and activities of daily living and ease of care
  • Promote normal muscle growth in children
  • Reduce caregiver challenges such as feeding, dressing, transport, and bathing

Our Treatment Options

  • Botox or Dysport Injections
  • Phenol Injections

At Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab Center we can help facilitate care between physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as order orthotics and durable medical equipment as appropriate.