Spasticity is a condition where muscles contract, become stiff, or spasm involuntarily, making it a challenge to function normally. Walking, moving, or talking can become a struggle. Spasticity can be uncomfortable and even painful.
Spasticity occurs when the nerve impulses that control muscle movement are interrupted or damaged.
Common symptoms include:
- muscle tightness.
- joint stiffness.
- involuntary jerky movements.
- exaggeration of reflexes.
- unusual posture.
- abnormal positioning of fingers, wrists, arms, or shoulders.
- muscle spasms.
Prolonged spasticity can lead to:
- frozen joints
- pressure sores
- an inability to function normally
Stretching exercises can help relieve spasticity. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy or massage. Prescription medications for the condition include muscle relaxants, sedatives, and nerve blockers. Surgery is used in some cases.
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- 24 Aug 2018
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