Spasticity is a condition that can greatly decrease quality of life, physically and emotionally. Many individuals with spasticity experience pain, reduced mobility and coordination, trouble with daily activities, and permanent muscle shortening or contractures. At the Swedish Spasticity Management Program, we offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for patients who are suffering from spasticity.
A Multidisciplinary Approach
The program is staffed by some of the leading specialists in the Northwest. Our multidisciplinary team of providers are at the forefront of their fields with specialties in neurology, physiatry, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, pain medicine,neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.
Spasticity Causes and Symptoms
Spasticity, a term referring to spasms and muscle stiffness, is oftentimes linked with a variety of injuries or conditions.
Such injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
If you are experiencing spasticity, you may have any of the following symptoms:
- Increased muscle tone
- Overactive reflexes
- Involuntary movements or spasms
- Delayed motor development
- Difficulty with care and hygiene
- Abnormal posture
- Bone and joint deformities
What to Expect During Your Visit
Your evaluation begins with a thorough examination by a patient-care coordinator who is a registered nurse.Your medical history will be carefully reviewed and you will be referred to one or more specialists in the appropriate fields for your specific needs. Several tests may be performed to evaluate your arm and leg movements, muscular activity, passive and active range of motion and your ability to perform self-care activities.
After all the appropriate providers have assessed your condition, they will meet with you to discuss findings, develop goals and provide treatment recommendations. To aid our initial evaluation, it is helpful to bring your medical records and a list of any medications you are taking.
Customized Treatment Options The Swedish Spasticity Management Program will recommend either one or a combination of any of the following treatments after a thorough review and assessment of your condition:
- Durable medical or orthotic equipment recommendations
- Orthopedic surgery
- Baclofen trial and pump implants
In all cases, the therapeutic approach is tailored to suit your specific needs.