Spasticity Awareness Week is June 17 – 24, 2018. 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 2018, 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.
- A tight fist
- Bent elbow
- Arm pressed against the chest
- Stiff knee
- Pointed foot
- Stiffness in the arms, fingers or legs
- Braces. Putting a brace on an affected limb
- Exercises. Range-of-motion exercises
- Stretching. Gentle stretching of tighter muscles
- Movement. Frequent repositioning of body parts
- Medications. Medications are available to treat the effects of spasticity
- ITB Therapy. A programmable, battery-powered medical device that stores and delivers medication to treat some of the symptoms of severe spasticity
- Injections. Injections block the chemicals that make muscles tight
- Surgery. Surgery on the muscles or tendons and joints may block pain and restore movement
- Grab bars
- Raised toilet seats
- Shower or tub bench
- Plastic adhesive strips on the bottom of the bathtub
- Braces, canes, walkers and wheelchairs may help you move about freely as you gain strength.
Always follow rehabilitation therapists’ recommendations regarding limitations and safety needs.