Spasticity is one of the most common post-stroke conditions affecting stroke survivors. It is caused by damage to the brain that disrupts normal communication to muscles. Muscles do not receive the message to relax which can lead to severe spasms and contractions in locations such as the wrist, elbow, knee, or foot. Untreated, it can cause painful and debilitating bone and joint deformities that may lead to balance problems, loss of coordination and muscle movement, as well as a decrease in the overall quality of life.
Some common symptoms of spasticity include:
- Tightness in limbs
- Pain at affected site
- Severe charley horse/cramps
- Involuntary movement/spasms
- Distortion of muscles/limbs
Finding the right treatment option for each individual patient is key to managing the difficult symptoms caused by spasticity. The “Spasticity Treatment Dialogue Tool” is designed to support an honest conversation between caregivers/patients and their healthcare providers.