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A 33-year-old male asked:

what's the difference between spasticity and spasm?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Neuro vs muscular: To me spasm is a local muscle involuntary contraction and spasticty is a neurologic problem loss of cortical control of motor function causing inability to appropriately relax muscles sign of a upper motor neuron injury
Dr. Christopher Kager
Neurosurgery 27 years experience
Similar: Spasticity is the condition of having super tense muscles and also can infer spasms. Spasms are the actual contractions of the muscles, which can be painful.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the meaning of the word spasticity?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
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"?

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Dr. Felix Brizuela
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?

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Dr. Virginia Simnad
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.
Dr. Emerald Lin
Dr. Emerald Lin commented
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 13 years experience
Also, botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen are good alternatives or adjuncts. Pairing with physical therapy helps a patient maximize the benefits.
Sep 13, 2013
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of spastic movements?

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Dr. Mohammad Homsi
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?

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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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