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Pain Management & Spasticity

The benefits of early treatment of spasticity

Early effective treatment of spasticity can provide several benefits for patients with various neurological conditions. Spasticity is a condition characterised by involuntary muscle contractions and stiffness, often caused by damage to the central nervous system. Managing spasticity promptly and effectively can lead to the following advantages:

Improved Quality of Life

By reducing spasticity, individuals experience increased comfort and reduced pain, which can significantly improve their overall quality of life. They can perform daily activities with greater ease and independence.

Enhanced Mobility

Spasticity can limit a person’s mobility and range of motion. Effective treatment can improve muscle control and flexibility, making it easier for the individual to move, walk, or perform other physical activities.

Reduced Risk of Contractures

Untreated spasticity can lead to contractures, where muscles and tendons become permanently shortened, causing joint stiffness. Early intervention can prevent or minimise the risk of developing contractures.

Prevention of Secondary Complications

Spasticity can contribute to secondary complications, such as pressure sores, urinary tract infections, and difficulty swallowing. By addressing spasticity early, the risk of these complications can be reduced.

Better Sleep and Rest

Spasticity can disrupt sleep and rest patterns due to muscle spasms and discomfort. Controlling spasticity can lead to improved sleep quality and overall well-being.

Enhanced Functionality

Effective treatment of spasticity can improve functional abilities, making it easier for individuals to perform activities of daily living, participate in social activities, and engage in hobbies or work.

Improved Communication and Cognition

In conditions where spasticity affects speech or hand movements, managing spasticity can enhance communication and cognitive function.

Psychological Well-being

Spasticity can be emotionally distressing, leading to frustration, anxiety, and depression. Reducing spasticity can positively impact mental health and emotional well-being.

Easier Caregiving

For individuals who require assistance with daily care, reduced spasticity can make caregiving tasks easier and less physically demanding for caregivers.

Facilitation of Rehabilitation

Early spasticity management can facilitate and enhance the effects of rehabilitation programs, allowing individuals to participate more actively in their therapy and achieve better outcomes.

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Deformities

Long-term untreated spasticity can lead to musculoskeletal deformities. Timely intervention can help prevent or slow down the progression of these deformities.

Our Spasticity Specialist will tailor the management of your spasticity to your specific condition and needs. Treatment options may include physical therapy, oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, intrathecal baclofen therapy, and other interventional procedures. Early intervention and ongoing assessment by our healthcare professionals, our neurologist, a physical therapists, and our rehabilitation specialists, can ensure that your spasticity is effectively managed to optimise your functional outcomes and overall well-being.