Spaticity is a symptom that could occur following an injury or damage to your brain or spinal cord, making your muscles feel stiff, tight, heavy and difficult to move. It occurs when the signals to ‘turn off’ your muscles are interrupted or inhibited.
Spasms may occur when you have spasticity, this is where your limbs may jerk out uncontrollably. These can can effect the way that you move and or sleep.
Effect management of spasticity is paramount to improve how your muscles work and move so to improve your function and independence.
Symptoms of Spasticity
Symptoms of spasticity can vary from being mild stiffness or tightening of muscles to painful and uncontrollable spasms. Pain or tightness in joints is also common in spasticity.
Muscle stiffness, causing movements to be less precise and making certain tasks difficult to perform
Muscle spasms, causing uncontrollable and often painful muscle contractions
Involuntary crossing of the legs
Muscle and joint deformities
Inhibition of longitudinal muscle growth
Inhibition of protein synthesis in muscle cells
Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Fever or other systemic illnesses