Spasticity

Spasticity

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.

Swedish Spasticity Management Program
Cherry Hill campus/James Tower (map and directions)
550 17th Ave. #500
Seattle WA 98122
206-320-2847

To Arrange a Visit
If you are experiencing spasticity, ask your primary-care
provider for a referral to the Swedish Spasticity
Management Program. If you do not have a primary-care
provider and would like to arrange an initial evaluation,
call 206-320-2847.

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
Stroke
If you are experiencing spasticity, you may have any
of the following symptoms:

Increased muscle tone
Overactive reflexes
Involuntary movements or spasms
Pain
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 yourarm
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:

Medications
Therapies
Durable medical or orthotic equipment recommendations
Injections
Orthopedic surgery
Baclofen trial and pump implants
In all cases, the therapeutic approach is tailored
to suit your specific needs.