Raising awareness about spasticity
Spasticity is defined as the uncontrolled tightening or contracting of the muscles that is common in individuals with neurological conditions and affects over 12 million people throughout the world across a variety of conditions.
Conditions where individuals are affected by spasticity include:
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
and many other conditions
Common symptoms of spasticity may vary across conditions, but can include:
• muscle tightness or stiffness in the arms or legs which may make it more difficult for a person to move or perform certain activities
• uncontrolled tightening or contracting of the muscles which can be very painful
• the severity of the symptoms will vary from person to person
Treatment for spasticity:
Although there is no cure for spasticity, there are a number of treatments which may improve the lives of individuals living with spasticity across conditions states. These treatment options include: physical and/or occupational therapy, as well as medication and surgical options. Please go to the condition specific pages to learn more about what treatments for spasticity are commonly used for you or your loved ones.
View this infographic for more background on how spasticity impacts individuals across a range of conditions including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury and stroke.
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In order to build a community of support for those whose lives are affected by spasticity, five patient advocacy organizations have come together to form The Spasticity Alliance. Together, the Spasticity Alliance aims to raise awareness about spasticity, empower people living with spasticity, and serve as a resource hub for information about spasticity, condition management, and treatment.
You are not alone in your journey with spasticity. There are many people who are traveling this path alongside you; care partners, physicians, others with spasticity. Learn about them and their stories. Share your own story with the people in your life who care about your health and wellbeing. There is great power in sharing your story.
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