Spasticity

Spasticity Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers

If you or a loved one would like to know more about spasticity, its causes and how we can help contact Ramos Center today! We have convenient locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte & Dunedin, FL to serve you.

Spasticity Treatment Specialist Near Me in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte and Dunedin, FL
Spasticity Treatment Specialist Near Me in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte and Dunedin, FL

Are you experiencing chronic spasticity? Below you will find the treatments that we offer to alleviate your pain. Our providers will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.

Treatments

  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Tendon Sheath Injections
  • Deep Paraspinal Botox Injections
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Physical Therapy

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Spasticity is a condition in which muscle movements are disrupted, causing them to contact all at the same time. This makes them stiff and/or tight, causing a level of discomfort and pain and affecting the way a person walks, moves or speaks. The central nervous system uses a complex way to control muscle movements allowing for some muscles to contract – or tighten – while others relax. If the nerves to the area of the brain and spinal cord responsible for controlling muscle and stretch reflexes are damaged it can cause a disruption to this intricate pattern, resulting in many muscles contracting all at once. This condition in mostly found in people with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, a traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, or any other condition that affects the brain and/or spinal cord.

Symptoms of spasticity can include increased muscle tone (hypertonicity), a succession of rapid muscle spasms (clonus), muscle contractions, scissoring (involuntary crossing of the legs), and fixed joints (contractures) and vary from mild muscle stiffness to intense, painful, and uncontrollable muscle spasms. It mostly occurs in the legs but can occur in the arms, often interfering with daily activities and affecting the patient’s overall quality of life.

How Do You Relieve Spasticity?

Treatment and relief for spasticity is important if the patient is to have improved comfort, mobility and independence. Without intervention, spasticity can result in permanently disfigured joints, increased pain, urinary tract infections, chronic constipation and pressure sores. Treatment is based on the patient’s individual needs, preferences and goals and doctors and therapists will work with the patient to determine the treatment plan most appropriate for them.

Home-care treatments can also help patients ease some of the symptoms of spasticity; the doctor or therapist may suggest:

  • Special stretching exercises designed to help spasticity and good for overall health.
  • Avoiding extreme temperatures.
  • Not wearing restrictive garments or braces, opting instead for more comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Getting lots of good quality sleep.
  • Changing position often, at least every two hours to help to avoid pressure sores from developing if the patient uses a wheelchair or stays in bed for long periods of time.

Does Stretching Help Spasticity?

Stretching is a key element in helping to relieve pain and other signs of spasticity. Physical therapists will formulate stretching regimens specifically for their individual patients and these exercises should be done on a daily basis to help prevent muscle spasms.

How Do Physical Therapists Treat Spasticity?

Physical therapists will typically include muscle stretching and range of motion exercises to help prevent the muscles from shrinking or becoming shorter, and to reduce the severity of symptoms. Physical therapeutic approaches also include orthotics, temporary casts or braces, muscle strength training, therapeutic heat, electrical stimulation, vibration therapy – the use of a vibrating machine or platform to cause reflexive contractions of the muscles – and muscle cooling.

Pain & Balance Physical Therapy at Ramos Center in Florida provides patients with the highest quality of care. Through effective, personalized physical therapy programs we help our patients maximize muscle flexibility, range of motion, coordination and strength so that he or she can live as independently as possible. Through these therapy methods, we motivate and help each patient to set realistic and achievable therapy goals so that they can enjoy long lasting results.

We have a team of caring and experienced medical professionals dedicated to helping you to minimize your pain and maximize your life!  We have locations in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Port Charlotte & Dunedin, FL, and serve patients from the surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting you! We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Palmetto FL,  Englewood FL, Memphis FL, Cortez FL and Port Charlotte, FL.

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Bradenton

  • 100 3rd Ave. West Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205
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Sarasota

Venice

  • 1370 East Venice Ave. Suite 104 Venice, FL 34285
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Englewood

  • 2061 Englewood Rd, Suite 2A, Englewood, FL 34223
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Port Charlotte

Dunedin

  • 646 Virginia St, Suite 701, Dunedin, FL 34698
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