Spasticity is a movement disorder caused by tight muscles. It can be caused by injury or disease of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to the arms and legs.

Symptoms include:

  • Tight muscles
  • Exaggerated reflexes
  • Unusual muscle movements
  • Contractures
  • Clonus
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • Lack of motor control
  • Lack of dexterity
  • Tiring easily
  • Abnormal posture

Diagnosis where you commonly see spasticity:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke)
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Rehab evaluation:

The therapists will look at your child’s medical history and current medical condition. They will measure your child’s muscle movement, strength, tightness and muscle control. They will review and discuss with you your child’s abilities to do every day activities such as walking, climbing stairs, getting on and off the floor, playing, getting dressed, etc.

Please bring your child to the assessment wearing loose clothing that will allow your child to move easily and allow the therapist to look at your child’s muscles.

Common rehab treatment interventions:

  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Medication
  • Orthopedic surgery
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