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Seeking more information about spasticity? The Spasticity Alliance is here to help.
Spasticity Awareness Week is April 17 – 21, 2017. Please join us in raising awareness about this condition that affects over 12 million people worldwide.
The National Stroke Association has partnered with a growing number of leading organizations to form the Spasticity Alliance. To commemorate Spasticity Awareness Week in 2017, the Spasticity Alliance has launched a Spanish version of its website. Both English and Spanish websites contain resources for individuals living with spasticity, family members, and caregivers who want to learn more about spasticity. The English website can be found at spasticityalliance.org; the Spanish website can be found at spanish.spasticityalliance.org.
The resources below contain information about the symptoms of spasticity, management techniques and treatments that help to ease the symptoms of spasticity. While there is no cure for this condition, there are many tactics that can help individuals living with spasticity resume their normal daily activities.
What is spasticity?
After a stroke, damage to the brain can block messages between muscles and the brain causing arm and leg muscles to cramp or spasm (spasticity), kind of like a bad charley horse. This will limit your coordination and muscle movement. This post-stroke condition makes daily activities such as bathing, eating and dressing more difficult.
Spasticity can cause long periods of strong contractions in major muscle groups, causing painful muscle spasms. These spasms can produce:
Can spasticity be treated?
There are many strategies and treatments for spasticity to help you recover, return to work and regain function. In order to achieve the best results possible, a mixture of therapies and medications are often used to treat spasticity. Ask a healthcare professional about the best treatment plan for you. Some of the options include:
Tips to live with spasticity
Managing spasticity with assistive devices, aids and home adaptations can help ensure your safety and reduce the risk of spasticity-related falls. Physical and occupational therapists will recommend the appropriate aid(s) as well as safety procedures, maintenance and proper fit. Some modifications in your home to improve safety include:
Always follow rehabilitation therapists’ recommendations regarding limitations and safety needs.
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