Spasticity can be caused by injuries, diseases and other conditions that damage part of the brain such as the motor cortex.
Accidents or other harm to the brain that can generate spasticity:
Diseases and disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, can contribute to spasticity.
Other conditions, such as a stroke, encephalitis, and meningitis, can also bring about spasticity.
Symptoms of spasticity:
The overly tight muscles can impair daily functions along with:
Over time spasticity, if left untreated, may result in:
Along with your medical history, your doctor will perform a physical exam and neurological testing. Medical imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans will provide additional information.
Nerve conduction tests may be used to measure the electrical function of the nerves and muscles.
Non-surgical treatments can include physical therapy, braces and medications.
Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections can target specific muscles, but only a limited number of injections can be repeated in the same area.
Surgical treatments for spasticity
NSPC Brain & Spine Surgery (NSPC) (NSPC) has an expert multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons with a range of neurosurgical subspecialties and related fields. NSPC offers the most advanced treatments for brain and spine disorders.
Intrathecal Baclofen Pump (baclofen is a muscle relaxant) is a method by which the injection is administered directly into the spinal fluid via a pump that is placed under the skin of the abdomen to deliver a continual flow of medication.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy is the removal of dysfunctional nerve roots that miscommunicate with spastic limbs. This procedure may help improve the gait and mobility of children with certain forms of cerebral palsy.
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