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  • Kimberly

    What is Spasticity?
    Spasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness of muscle, which might  interfere with movement, speech, or be associated with discomfort or pain.  Spasticity is usually caused by damage to nerve pathways within the brain or spinal cord that control muscle movement. It may occur in association with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain or head trauma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hereditary spastic paraplegias, and metabolic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy, phenylketonuria, and Krabbe disease. Symptoms may include hypertonicity (increased muscle tone), clonus (a series of rapid muscle contractions), exaggerated deep tendon reflexes, muscle spasms, scissoring (involuntary crossing of the legs), and fixed joints (contractures). The degree of spasticity varies from mild muscle stiffness to severe, painful, and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Spasticity can interfere with rehabilitation in patients with certain disorders, and often interferes with daily activities.

  • Lisa_Rae
    This has been new issue errupting 6-9 months ago ... what kinds of suggestions do you all have to combat this problem?  I have pain in my back of my upper right arm ... I've tried Heat Therapy Patches (I'm using the Walgreens generic for Thermacare patches) ... at my worst, there a little relief thru the night, but pain still keeps me wakeful and frustrated.

    Ideas? 

    Thank you so very much!
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    Here is a link to our website, Lisa Rae--including treatment suggestions for spasticity.  Hope this helps!  http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/symptoms/spasticity/index.aspx