The Interdisciplinary Spasticity Management Clinic assists people with spasticity or increased muscle tone to better manage their symptoms.
Spasticity is an involuntary increase in muscle tone that causes resistance to movement (muscle tightness) as a result of an injury to the central nervous system (brain and/or spinal cord). Common diagnoses seen in the clinic include cerebral palsy, stroke, acquired or traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, hereditary spastic paraparesis and ALS.
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The Interdisciplinary Spasticity Management Clinic includes a team of physiatrists (rehab physicians), nurses, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist. A thorough assessment is completed to determine what problems the spasticity may cause and to determine realistic goals.
Treatment options include education, exercise, bracing/splinting, walking aids, seating and positioning recommendations, oral medications, and focal injections such as botulinum toxin and phenol neurolysis. The clinic also makes referrals to the Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Clinic and consults with various surgeons to provide surgical management.