Spasticity Specialist

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Spasticity services offered in Newark and Milford, DE

If you’re one of the 500,000 people in the United States living with the painful muscle contractions of spasticity, you can find help at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain. The pain management specialists offer diagnostic testing on-site to evaluate your muscle health. They also offer nonsurgical therapies to relax your muscles, reduce pain, and lower your risk for more serious complications. Call the office in Milford or Newark, Delaware, to schedule a spasticity consultation, or book one online today. 

Q & A

What is spasticity?

Spasticity is a condition that describes muscle tightening and stiffness that prevents healthy movement. When you have this condition, your muscles remain contracted, making it difficult for you to stretch them out.

The root cause of spasticity is interference or damage to the area of your brain or spinal cord responsible for controlling your muscle reflexes. Interference can occur when there’s an imbalance in brain signals that travel to your muscles.

Spasticity is common in people with spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. You may also experience symptoms of spasticity if you have conditions like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.

Without treatment, spasticity can cause complications like frozen joints, chronic constipation, and painful pressure sores.

When should I seek treatment for spasticity?

You should schedule a spasticity evaluation at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain if you have unexplained, uncontrollable symptoms like:

  • Muscle stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Painful contractions
  • Joint or muscle deformities
  • Persistent muscle fatigue

An evaluation is also important if your symptoms worsen and interfere with your ability to work or be physically active.

The pain management specialists offer physical exams, neurological testing, and other diagnostic services to identify the root cause of spasticity. They customize a treatment plan to help your muscles relax and relieve your pain.

How is spasticity treated?

Your initial treatment for spasticity may include physical and occupational therapy to stretch and strengthen your contracted muscles.

You may need over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve your discomfort. There are also medications that help your muscles relax and prevent abnormal contractions from occurring.

If oral medications aren’t working well for your pain, the providers determine if you’re a candidate for a pain pump. A pain pump delivers medications 24 hours a day into the fluid surrounding your spinal cord through an implantable catheter system.

The providers at Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain also recommend lifestyle changes you can make to support your muscle health. In addition to continuing with physical therapy, you may need to do exercises at home that keep your muscles healthy and strong.

Call Mid Atlantic Spine and Pain to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for spasticity today, or book a consultation online.

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