Some other options for managing spasticity

Spasticity may also be controlled with medication, mainly muscle relaxants. Ask your doctor if they might help you.

If you have severe spasticity that isn't improving despite medication and exercise, you may opt for surgery. There are several types of operations, and your doctor will determine if you could benefit from any of them.

Always remember to perform all activities slowly and with control. This way you won't set off the affected muscles and make the spasticity worse.

With proper care and attention, you can limit the effects of spasticity and preserve the most function possible.

This article was amended from an article published in the Winter 2002 Compass by Caroline El-Tantawy, BSc (PT).

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