[WEB SITE] Spasticity Alliance – www.spasticityalliance.org

What is Spasticity?

Spasticity is defined as the uncontrolled tightening or contracting of the muscles that is common in individuals with neurological conditions and affects over 12 million people throughout the world across a variety of conditions.

Conditions

Conditions where individuals are affected by spasticity include:

Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Stroke
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

and many other conditions

Symptoms

Common symptoms of spasticity may vary across conditions, but can include:

• muscle tightness or stiffness in the arms or legs which may make it more difficult for a person to move or perform certain activities
• uncontrolled tightening or contracting of the muscles which can be very painful
• the severity of the symptoms will vary from person to person

Treatment

Treatment for spasticity:

Although there is no cure for spasticity, there are a number of treatments which may improve the lives of individuals living with spasticity across conditions states. These treatment options include: physical and/or occupational therapy, as well as medication and surgical options. Please go to the condition specific pages to learn more about what treatments for spasticity are commonly used for you or your loved ones.

Source: Spasticity Alliance | www.spasticityalliance.org

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