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Marianjoy Spasticity Clinic

You Don’t Have to Live With Spasticity

Patients with cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke often experience tight, stiff muscles which make moving difficult, painful, debilitating, and sometimes uncontrollable.  Some common symptoms related to spasticity include:

  • Muscle spasms or sudden, involuntary muscle contractions
  • Tight, stiff muscles, especially in the arms and legs
  • Fatigue
  • Mild to severe pain
  • Difficulty walking, eating, dressing, bathing, or sleeping
  • Weight loss

 

Marianjoy Spasticity Clinic  

At the Marianjoy Spasticity Clinic, our goal is to help patients effectively manage spasticity and enhance function, comfort, and ease of care. Our clinical experts understand the toll spasticity can take on a patient’s life, and are equipped to provide a number of treatment options to alleviate the pain and effects of the condition. The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation by a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. Following the evaluation, the team works in collaboration with the patient to identify and develop realistic, patient-centered goals with a focus on continuous progress and improvement.

The Marianjoy Spasticity Clinic offers the following treatment options:


Traditional Therapy

This may include muscle stretching, positioning, and movement exercises, as well as oral medications.

Botulinum Toxin Therapy
Botulinum toxin is a natural substance injected directly into spastic muscle tissue and acts as an inhibitor of muscle spasms. This widely-used treatment is often complemented by splinting and orthotic management to enhance the stretching effect.   


Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
Intrathecal baclofen therapy consists of surgically placing a small pump under a patient’s skin which directly delivers medication to the spinal fluid via a catheter in order to ease muscle spasticity.  The dosage is determined by your Spasticity Clinic physicians and monitored closely to determine the most effective level.  Candidates for the therapy first undergo a screening test to assess their response to the therapy.  During the trial, a small amount of anti-spasmodic drug is injected directly into the spinal fluid, and the patient is monitored closely for drug response and to determine the effectiveness of the therapy.

 

To Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for an evaluation of your spasticity and possible treatment and management options, please call 630-909-7000. Patients must have a written prescription from a physician requesting a consult for spasticity. Prescriptions can be brought to the first appointment or faxed to 630-909-7151.