Affecting more than 12 million people worldwide, spasticity is a muscle disorder that causes an abnormal increase in muscle tone, or muscle stiffness. It can limit movement, cause discomfort, and reduce function, making things like eating, dressing, sitting, or walking more difficult.
Spasticity can affect muscles in any part of the body, including the arms, legs, neck, and back. Symptoms can vary from person to person and day to day. The most common symptoms of spasticity include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a spasticity consultation can start you on the road towards pain relief and functional improvement.
Spasticity is caused by a disruption of the connections from the brain or spinal cord to your muscles. This causes your normal muscle reflexes to be hyperactive, causing an abnormal increase in muscle tone. It can be seen in neurological conditions, such as:
Spasticity can be triggered by any noxious, or painful, stimuli. Most commonly, triggers may include:
Severe spasticity can lead to frozen joints, or joint contractures. Since it can restrict movement, it can also lead to pressure ulcers on your skin, or skin breakdown.
Contact your doctor if: