Limited coordination and muscle movement and painful muscle spasms in your arms and legs (spasticity) can happen as a result of a stroke.
Spasticity is one of the most common post-stroke conditions that survivors face during their recovery. Spasticity can be painiful and significantly impact a survivor's life.
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 recovery, 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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