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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:
- Physical therapy. Physical therapy is essential for ensuring that you do not lose any muscle or joint function as a result of spasticity. Physical therapists provide expert solutions, using stretching, exercise and massages to loosen muscles, ease pain and increase range of motion and mobility.
- Intrathecal pain pump. Pain pumps allow pain medicines and antispasmodic medicines to be dispensed directly into your spinal fluid at scheduled times throughout the day. We most commonly use baclofen, a specialized medicine meant to relax your muscles and relieve spasms and muscle cramping. We tailor doses and schedules to meet your specific needs. Pain pumps are installed through a short outpatient surgical procedure. The pain pump is implanted into your torso and connected to your spine via a small tube. After having your pain pump installed, it is essential you continue physical therapy. With fewer spasms and less pain, physical therapy will be much more effective.
- Antidepressants. Though antidepressants do not treat pain, they help make pain treatments more effective. Chronic pain or conditions like spasticity can cause you to feel depressed or anxious. These feelings actually decrease how well your pain medicines work. Our physicians may prescribe antidepressants to improve your quality of life and maximize the benefits of your pain treatments.
- Psychological therapy. We may refer you to expert psychologists or psychiatrists to help you manage your feelings and improve your state of mind. Counselors teach you strategies for coping with your spasms and pain and help you understand your feelings associated with your condition. They can also connect you to support groups or other resources for people who experience spasticity and chronic pain.
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Spasticity Support Services
Spasticity has many causes, and treatments vary widely. Visit the websites below to learn more:
A Sampling of Spasticity Support Services
The National Institutes of Health explains spasticity, its causes and treatments.
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
This website features detailed information on different types of spasticity and its various treatments.