A 35-year-old member asked:
hi doctors, can you tell me what is spasticity and how can you tell if you have it?
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Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Spasticity: Spasticity is basically "stiffness" in the arms and legs, a rigid posture with resistance to movement. When one moves an arm of a spastic patient is more rigid. When one tries to walk with spasticity the gait is very stiff and rigid, an almost robotic type movement
A 40-year-old member asked:
What is the meaning of the word spasticity?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Resistant muscle: Spasticity is complex: it is an increase in muscle resistance, typically more noticeable when a muscle is placed on stretch quickly (it is "velocity-dependent"), creating stiffness/tightness. If untreated it can lead to rigidity or contractures. It is seen most commonly in injuries/illnesses affecting the spinal cord and/or brain. Treatment includes stretching, positioning, bracing, and medication.
A 39-year-old member asked:
What is the meaning of "clasp-knife spasticity"?
4 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Neurology 32 years experience
Involuntary tightness: This occurs with certain types of strokes, and with spinal cord injuries. Involuntary tightening of the flexor muscles, with intermittent gear as you try to passively straighten a muscle out or extended from the flex position.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Are there good treatments for spasticity in ms?
3 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Neurology 28 years experience
Yes: Both drug and non-drug approaches can be very helpful. Physical therapy can direct you in helpful stretching exercises. Medications such as tizanidine, baclofen, clonazepam, diazepam have all been used to address the mechanisms of spasticity.
A 34-year-old member asked:
What are the causes of spastic movements?
4 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Neurology 33 years experience
HYPERTONICITY: Hyper tonic movements may be considered as extrpyramidal signs which means a disorder of the basal ganglia which are a structure in the brain controlling the muscle functions, usually Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter responsible for that.
Parkinson disease is one of that disorder which caused by depletion of Dopamine in the brain.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Will quadriplegic spasticity cause global development delay?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
No: Quadriplegic spasticity itself should not cause global developmental delay. There are, however, conditions that result in both development delay and quad spasticity so although you may see the two together, one does not necessarily cause the other.
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