Spasticity is a muscle disorder that affects the ability to control your muscles. It causes a stiffness or tightness in your muscles, and can cause an inability to control the affected muscles. Spasticity can be a problem for people with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other neurological conditions. It frequently occurs in the legs, but it can also affect the arms as well.
Some symptoms of spasticity include:
- Muscle spasms
- Clonus (quick uncontrolled muscle spasms)
- Pain in the affected area
- Deformities in bones or joints
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Decreased quality of life
Pediatric Spasticity Treatment
Dr. Latimer has over twenty years of experience in the research and treatment of spasticity. Our office is dedicated to helping you improve your ability to function normally without being restricted by your condition.
There are several different treatment options for spasticity. Medication can be used to relax tense or stiff muscles. Other patients may benefit from local injections to the spastic muscles to stop spasms. Neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery may also be options for more severe cases.
Other non-medical treatments for spasticity include physical therapy and placing a splint, cast, or brace on the affected arm or leg. Physical therapy involves a series of stretching and daily exercises that are aimed at stopping contracture and decreasing spasticity. Placing a brace on the affected area can help to improve your flexibility and range of motion.
In order to determine the best treatment option, we will first look at your medical history, examine your legs and arms, and run tests to diagnose whether or not spasticity is the problem.
Then we will use all the information we get from your evaluation to come up with an effective treatment plan.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of spasticity above, call the Latimer Neurology Center at (202) 625-4898 to set up an appointment to evaluate your condition and receive a professional diagnosis.