Spasticity: Impaired fluid movement of the arms or legs caused by abnormal nerve function. ...Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH)1 ...

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Symptoms of Spasticity

Spasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness of muscle, which might interfere with movement, speech, or be associated with discomfort or pain. Symptoms may include hypertonicity (increased muscle tone), clonus (a ...2

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Causes of Spasticity

Spasticity is usually caused by damage to nerve pathways within the brain or spinal cord that control muscle movement. It may occur in association with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, brain or head trauma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ...3

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Causes List for Spasticity

Some possible causes of Spasticity or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Spasticity

The degree of spasticity varies from mild muscle stiffness to severe, painful, and uncontrollable muscle spasms. ...Source: NINDS (NIH)5 ...

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Treatments: Spasticity

Muscle relaxing drugs such as baclofen, diazepam, and dantrolene may be prescribed to reduce spasticity. All of these drugs can be taken by mouth, but baclofen may also be injected directly into the cerebrospinal fluid through an implanted pump. Botulinum toxin ...6

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Research for Spasticity

What research is being done? The NINDS supports research on brain and spinal cord disorders that can cause spasticity. The goals of this research are to increase scientific understanding about these disorders and to find ways to prevent, treat, and ...7

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Names and Terminology

Synonyms: Muscle spasticity ; Muscular spasticity ...Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH)8 ...

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  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ stair/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ spasticity/ spasticity.htm
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ spasticity/ spasticity.htm
  6. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ hypertonia/ hypertonia.htm
  7. Source: NINDS (NIH): disorders/ spasticity/ spasticity.htm
  8. Source: GTR (NCBI/NIH): gtr/ conditions/ CN001152/ 

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