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Spasm Vs Spasticity
Labels: Myoclonic spasms can occasionally occur in normal people, as some jerk awake, or as part of a disease process. Infantile spasms describes a most often disabling pattern of seizures in a child who may face a lifelong struggle with the disorder. ...Read more
Voluntary/involuntar: Muscle contraction is voluntary, like when you are picking something up off the table. Muscle spasms are involuntary, and often painful, as they happen wuickly and forcefully for no apparent reason, there are many causes of muscle spasms, if they happen to you often seek medical attention to determine the cause. ...Read more
Muscle relaxant or antiflammatory for stiff painful back due to arthritis of back and spinal stenosis. Also muscle spasms?
Can mediazolan and diazepam used to treat muscle spasms cause muscle spasms or other movement disorders?
Muscle Spasms: Both drugs are in the benzodiazepine class but Midazolam is short acting and primarily used as a premedication for anesthesia. Diazepam (valium) is a longer acting version that I use for postoperative muscle spasm in the hospital but avoid following discharge due to the addiction potential for this longer acting version. There are other options for movement disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle relaxants. : Both Baclofen and Zanaflex (tizanidine) are muscle relaxants by nature but Baclofen has been known to be useful in neurogenic conditions so it may help better. I don't believe that either of them have been studied much for spinal pain, so try and see which one works better. ...Read more
Patient with excellent result of prior (x3) spinal fusion. Severe paraspinous muscle spasm with MRI showing paraspinous muscle atrophy edema. Rx?
Many causes: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." overuse, exercise, neck and back problems, posture, fatigue, diminished blood supply, injury, metabolite issues, and certain diseases can contribute to spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tone: The difference is in the tone of the muscles. In people with spastic paralysis, they will often have involuntary movements of their legs or arms and it is very difficult to move the limb by another person like a physical therapy. This is spasticity. A flaccid paralyzed limb has no muscle tone and is limp and easily moved by another. ...Read more
What is the difference between torticollis and chronic bilateral muscle spasm in the neck & upper shoulders?
Cervical strains: Acute torticollisis is an acute cervical strain pinching a nerve. Chronic upper body muscle strain is from chronic disc problems or degenerative changes. An or frequently poor upper body posture. Acute torticollisis is usually temporary but may need an osteopathic or chiropractic adjustment. Upper body posture problems. Can be fixed with the proper exercises disc or degenerative changes are dif ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different origin: Spasticity is an increased resistance to the passive movement of a joint due to abnormally high muscle tone, and varies with the amplitude and speed of the joint motion. Seen after a stroke. Rigidity is an increased resistance to the passive movement of a joint which is constant throughout the range of joint motion, and not related to the speed of joint movement. Seen in Parkinson's disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antispasmodic vs antispastic. spasmodic is for musculoskeletal +antispastic is for muscle hypertonicity no idea what these mean. Can u dumb it down?
Hard to Know: Proctalgia fugax- brief episodes of rectal pain generally associated with, unpredictable spasm like pain that is often described by patients as: very sharp and twisting, lancinating, cramping, can awaken you from sleep. Last from seconds to as long as 30 minutes, feels exactly like sphincter muscle spasms, however- your doctor will still exam to rule out, lesions, fissures in that region. ...Read more
Yes, lots: They are so similar there is an old fashioned diagnosis called "cardiospasm" for this, and also the stomach has a "cardia" so there has been confusion for a long time. Also they both can respond to nitroglycerine. You would have to be tested with ekg, possibly a stress test or an esophageal study to tell the difference. Try an antacid or antiflatulent (with simethicone) but don't risk guessing. ...Read more