Our Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program offers the most experienced care available in the region for evaluating and treating the entire range of neurological conditions that cause spasticity. Our experts will thoroughly evaluate you and work with you to maximize your mobility and enhance your quality of life – whether it’s been two months or 20 years since you first developed spasticity.
Spasticity is Treatable
Spasticity—an abnormal increase in muscle tone and stiffness—can interfere with movement and enjoyment of life. It is most often seen in people with spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy (CP), brain injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis (MS). It can complicate even the simplest tasks, such as eating, dressing and walking. Spasticity can cause pain, unpredictable movement and tight, stiff muscles. The effects of spasticity can vary from person to person, so the best treatment plans are individually tailored.
Spasticity may be an unavoidable complication of certain neurological conditions, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender to it. If spasticity is interfering with your usual activities, it’s time to seek help. Medical care may not fully cure the symptoms, but our experts can help you preserve movement and restore function.
Our Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program is the first and most experienced program in the region. Our health care professionals provide a vast array of treatment options, including oral medication, skilled therapy, temporary nerve blocks, botulinum toxin injections and phenol injections, intrathecal baclofen pumps and orthopaedic surgery. Because our team specializes in the management of spasticity, they are experts in each of these treatment options and perform thousands of spasticity management procedures each year.
A Team Approach
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, a team of experts will work with you to effectively manage your condition. Our physicians, therapists and nurses understand that spasticity can affect every aspect of your life. It is equally important to address the underlying medical condition and to use leading-edge strategies such as botulinum toxin injections, phenol injections and intrathecal baclofen pumps to improve movement and control. That’s why they pool their brainpower, experience and expertise to develop customized plans of care. They work with individuals and families to develop realistic, obtainable goals, and provide education and support to people coping with spasticity.
Research Helps Offer the Latest Treatments for Spasticity
The Comprehensive Spasticity Management program is the only one in the area associated with an academic medical center. Our physicians are actively involved in research; they are dedicated to finding solutions to spasticity-related problems and to providing patients with access to the newest treatments and clinical trials.