Neurosciences Institute

Spasticity management

Spasticity management

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Injury and illness can cause muscles to become overactive or underactive

Your brain and spinal cord work together to help you move. Head injuries and illnesses such as stroke and multiple sclerosis can disrupt messages that travel from the brain to your central nervous system to control your movements. Those disruptions can lead to stiff or tight muscles or twitches. Spasticity also can make movement more difficult.

Symptoms of spasticity, which is caused by overactive and underactive muscles, are different for each person. At Novant Health, your care team — physicians, physiatrists, nurses and therapists — will find the best treatment options for easing your symptoms and improving how well you move.

Our services

Spasticity is often painful and can affect your sleep and motor skills that you depend on for picking up objects, grooming and other daily activities. Our team will give you a thorough neurological examination to get a deeper understanding of your condition. Based on your test results, our experts develop a treatment plan designed to help you achieve more independence. We offer:

  • Medication
  • Botox injections to relax overactive muscles
  • Stretching programs
  • Splinting and bracing
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump (ITB), including test dose, surgery to implant the pump, as well as pump management, refills and titration.