Author(s): Ward AB, Kadies M
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Abstract Pain is a common feature of spasticity and muscle spasms and the reasons for this are discussed in this article. However, the causes of this spasticity have to be determined and for successful management, knowing the underlying mechanisms, which produce spasticity, is necessary. In addition to knowing the range of available treatments, one has to know their particular contribution to the overall management of the patient. The assessment and management of the spastic patient is multi-disciplinary and painful spasticity changes over time. This therefore requires repeated assessments and the direction of the treatment may also change. Pain may be a dominant feature, but is rarely the sole symptom. This article looks at a strategy for the overall management of the patient with the focus on managing pain.
This article was published in Disabil Rehabil
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation