Spasticity is a form of muscle overactivity that occurs when communication between your brain and spinal cord is disrupted by a spinal cord injury, other injury or illness.
Spasticity has some benefits, such as helping tone muscles. However, spasticity may cause pain, fatigue and other problems. Also, spasticity can become a barrier to your daily activities, walking, sitting, positioning and sleep.
Dec. 11, 2014
- Abrams GM, et al. Chronic complications of spinal cord injury and disease. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Nov. 8, 2014.
- NINDS spasticity information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/spasticity/spasticity.htm. Accessed Nov. 9, 2014.
- Khurana SR, et al. Spasticity and the use of intrathecal baclofen in patients with spinal cord injury. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2014;25:655.
- Provider profile. CARF International. http://www.carf.org/providerProfile.aspx?cid=8020. Accessed Nov. 9, 2014.
- Riggin EA. Decision Support System. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Nov. 17, 2014.
- Baker GS. Spinal cord injuries. Minnesota Medicine. 1949;32:1094.