Spasticity Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Spinal cord injury brings with it a unique set of problems, with one of these being spasticity. After such a devastating injury, your muscles will have a hard time moving in a coordinated manner, and you may notice a lot of jerky movements that are involuntary and sometimes painful. This is called muscle spasticity and it affects over 70 percent of spinal cord injury sufferers. It can make simple tasks such as holding a phone, fork or spoon difficult, and falls may be common, and you may need help when it comes to performing certain tasks that you once took for granted.

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Spinal Cord Injury and Spasticity

Spasticity after a spinal cord injury is usually called spastic hypertonia, which is a fancy term referring to a constellation of symptoms such as the appearance of involuntary and sudden movements that lead to muscle contraction, leading to jerking motions, muscle tightness that cannot be relieved through traditional means such as massage, as well as hyperactive reflexes that makes it next to impossible to relax one’s muscles after pulling one’s hand away from a dangerous situation such as a hot plate.

Why It’s Important to Monitor Spasticity

A lot of spinal cord injury patients may not know this, but it is vital that you monitor spasticity as a change in the tone of spasticity may be a sign that you may have developed a cyst in your body or somewhere in your spinal cord. By monitoring these changes (fewer spastic events), you’ll be able to let your doctor early enough so they can alter treatment in a timely manner before you develop permanent complications.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury-Related Spasticity

When it comes to treatment for spinal cord injury-related spasticity, medications such as Diazepam or benzodiazepines may help. These help relax the muscles by interfering with neuronal firing in order to help you move in a normal manner. A pump may also need to be placed in the area causing the spasticity in order to administer medication to the muscle, which in the end helps better manage the condition without you having to take medication regularly. Lastly, physical therapy will help in teaching you how to better move your body as well as how you comport yourself in order to reduce spasticity. As a last resort, doctors may place a nerve block in the offending area, effectively eliminating spasticity for hard-to-treat cases.

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