Spasticity

Spasticity is a movement disorder that causes stiff muscles. Patients with spasticity are not able to control those muscles. Often, certain reflexes are strong or last too long. Spasticity can make it difficult to talk or move and interferes with your quality of life.

Spasticity: What You Need to Know

Prevention
Spasticity is usually caused by damage to part of the brain and typically can’t be prevented. However, proper prenatal care can help prevent certain conditions in infants that may lead to spasticity. If you are pregnant, make sure to have regular prenatal appointments with your doctor.

Teamwork
Fletcher Allen doctors use a collaborative approach to treating spasticity. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.

Technology
We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating spasticity. Our treatments range from medication to rehabilitation to complex surgery.

Personalized Care
Fletcher Allen doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the spasticity and any disorder associated with it.

Experience, Trusted Expertise
At Fletcher Allen, our team has years of experience diagnosing and treating spasticity. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.

What is spasticity?

Spasticity is a disorder that affects muscle control. Usually, it means there is a breakdown in communication from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. You may experience symptoms of spasticity if you have or had:

If you have an existing neurological condition, or you suffered a traumatic injury, your health care team will monitor you for signs of spasticity. Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal posture
  • Reflexes that are too strong or last too long (overactive reflexes)
  • Involuntary muscle movements 
  • Pain
  • Difficulty with movement or speech
  • Contractures (when the muscle permanently contracts)

Diagnosis and Treatment: Spasticity

Our neurology experts a combination of tests and observation to diagnose spasticity. Your report of symptoms is important as well. Treatment options often include medication and physical rehabilitation, but surgery is also an option.

Learn more about spasticity diagnosis and treatment.

Find a Fletcher Allen neurologist or call us at 802-847-0680.