Spasticity Treatment

It is important that we have an accurate diagnosis before we start treatment for spasticity, because we need to diagnose any underlying conditions. Our doctors work carefully to obtain a precise diagnosis, so we can tailor your treatment plan effectively. We will discuss all of your treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. 

Spasticity Treatment in Burlington, VT

There are a number of treatment options for spasticity. In mild cases, we may choose not to treat it, instead monitoring you carefully for signs that the spasticity is getting worse. If the spasticity is causing you pain or severely affecting your quality of life, then we may choose to treat it.

Your exactly course of treatment will depend on the cause of the spasticity and on how severe it is.

Treatment options include:

  • Medication
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

Medication for Spasticity

We often prescribe medication to treat symptoms of spasticity. These medications help relax the muscles, lessening the stiffness and reducing the frequency and severity of spasms. We may prescribe an oral medication, or we may inject a specific muscle with botulinum toxin (Botox®) to relax it.

Rehabilitation for Spasticity

Occupational and physical therapy are a necessary part of treating spasticity. During your sessions, we work on stretching your muscles and increasing your range of motion. The goal is to reduce or eliminate pain and improve your functional ability.

Surgery for Spasticity

In severe cases, we may recommend surgery. The goal of surgery for spasticity is to cut the nerve-muscle pathway or release the tendon.

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