Spasticity

Below you will find more information about Spasticity from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Spasticity it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Spasticity and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Spasticity comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Spasticity is a motor system disorder, especially of the central nervous system, wherein certain muscles are continuously contracted, which results to stiffness or tightness of the muscles, and may affect movement and speech.

Diagnosis

This condition may be diagnosed through interview of the patient affected to determine his symptoms, and through physical examination, and imaging tests.

Treatment

The treatment of spasticity lies in the determination and treatment of what is causing it. For instance, if the cause is fatigue, the main remedy is rest. Regular exercise, and muscle stretching or relaxing, and other occupational therapy or physical therapy regimens may help alleviate the symptoms of spasticity. Medications as diazepam or clonazepam, surgery for tendon release or to prevent muscle contraction, and the injection of botulinum toxin into the muscle, are also treatment options for spasticity.

Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of spasticity may include hypertonia, muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, clonus, exaggerated deep tendon reflexes, involuntary crossing of the legs, and contractures.

Causes

The exact cause of spasticity is not known. It is however, observed that certain conditions, like fatigue, multi-tasking, and cold weather can trigger spasms.

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