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Spasticity describes tight or cramped muscles that may spasm at random times. Your symptoms may range from feelings of muscle tightness to painful spasms.

Spasticity can affect your ability to complete daily tasks such as walking or eating. Symptoms may also include abnormal posture, holding a limb at an unusual angle or repetitive jerking movements or twitches. Your symptoms may worsen in different situations.

Spasticity is a result of an injury or a condition that affects the part of your brain that controls movement. It can occur in any one at any age, and may damage joints and muscles or disrupt growth in children. It is important that you seek medical treatment for spasticity.

If you have a condition such as multiple sclerosis, spasticity may actually assist you in performing tasks. When weak muscles become more rigid, it may be easier to stand or walk. In these cases, you need an individualized treatment plan that reduces pain while not completely eliminating tightness. If your spasticity changes, such as muscles become tighter or looser, you should always speak to a physician.

While there is no cure for spasticity, treatments relieve some symptoms, reduce pain, improve function and ease the duties of caretakers. Physical therapy is especially helpful in increasing voluntary control of muscles, teaching you to perform daily tasks and relaxing muscles. Certain medicines are also available to keep muscles relaxed and relieve pain. Combined, these two therapies go a long way in helping patients with spasticity maintain a normal lifestyle.

Spasticity causes pain and affects your movement. Indiana University Health Pain Management physicians work to improve function while decreasing pain and discomfort associated with spasticity. We offer the most advanced therapies that use low doses of pain medicine and antispasmodic medicines, reducing your risk of side effects.

Our fellowship-trained physicians have years of experience in relieving pain. We use our expertise to create comprehensive, personalized treatment plans that fit your specific condition and preferences. We use physical therapy, medicine and psychological counseling to provide all-around care for your condition. We understand the challenges associated with spasticity and strive to give you the care and resources you need to overcome them and live a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Spasticity Treatment Information

A combination of physical therapy and medicine works best for treatment of spasticity. We offer the following solutions for painful spasticity:

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