Spasticity

Chronic spasticity is a condition characterized by a persistent tightness or stiffness of particular muscles that the patient cannot control. Depending on which muscles are involved, spasticity may affect movement, walking ability or speech. The problem results from damage within the nervous system that disturbs the communication between the brain and the muscles.

Chronic spasticity is very common in people with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. It may also develop due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, meningitis, encephalitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and a number of other conditions.

The symptoms of chronic spasticity can vary considerably. Some patients experience only a sensation of tightness in the affected areas, while others may experience severe pain in the muscles and joints and involuntary spasms of the arms or legs. The muscles may become easily fatigued and deformities sometimes develop in the bones or joints.

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We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.