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.

Spasticity management for spinal cord injury care at Mayo Clinic

Jan. 12, 2018
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Spasticity management for spinal cord injury