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Simply put, spastic muscles are tense and resist movement. Children with spasticity are usually described as “stiff,” and muscle contractions can happen without voluntary control.
Spasticity is a type of increased tone that can be a long-term effect of conditions where the brain and/or spinal cord are damaged or fail to develop normally. These conditions include:
Spasticity is a common symptom found in kids and adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Spasticity can be difficult to control in children with CP and interferes with movement by affecting smoothness, speed, range of motion and a variety of movement patterns.
Spasticity is often diagnosed with cerebral palsy or after a brain or spinal cord injury.Spasticity symptoms include:
To confirm the diagnosis involving a tone abnormality (like spasticity), the following evaluations or tests may be performed at Children’s Hospital Colorado:
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, options for treating spasticity include:
When you choose the Orthopedics Institute at Children’s Colorado, your child will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes a neurosurgeon, a rehabilitation physician, a neurologist and a physical therapist. These specialists work together and bring expertise from the following clinics and programs that help treat spasticity:
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