Approach to spasticity in General practice

Bavikatte, Ganesh; Gaber, Tarek
September 2009
British Journal of Medical Practitioners;2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p29
Academic Journal
Spasticity is a physiological consequence of an injury to the nervous system. It is a complex problem which can cause profound disability, alone or in combination with the other features of an upper motor neuron syndrome and can give rise to significant difficulties in the process of rehabilitation. This can be associated with profound restriction to activity and participation due to pain, weakness, and contractures. The treatment of spasticity is fundamental in the management of neurological disabilities. Optimum management is dependent on an understanding of its underlying physiology, an awareness of its natural history, an appreciation of the impact on the patient and a comprehensive approach to minimising that impact. The aim of this article is to highlight the importance, basic approach and management options available to the general practitioner in such a complex condition.


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