Spasticity management services at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center provides comprehensive care for people with spasticity and various dystonias.
Spasticity refers to stiff or tight muscles with exaggerated reflexes. This condition can make it difficult to move, walk or speak. Spasticity is common among people with diseases of the nervous system or those who have suffered damage to the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement.
We provide comprehensive care and rehabilitation for patients with:
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy (chronic condition affecting body movement and muscle coordination)
- Hereditary spastic paraparesis (progressive weakness and stiffness of the legs)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Ohio State’s rehabilitative care can help relieve spasticity and related symptoms including pain, impaired mobility, disrupted sleep and more. Here’s why people choose Ohio State for care related to spasticity:
Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.
Unique Services: Ohio State is a leader in the use of the Baclofen pump, an aid for decreasing spasticity. The pump is a programmable device that delivers medication directly to a targeted site in the spinal cord. In addition, our program has a 10-year history of proven results using botulinum toxin (Botox®) and other injection therapies, which relax muscles and reduce excessive muscle contractions. We also use electromyography (a test of the electrical activity of muscles) and neurostimulator control (mild electrical signals) to guide our injections. Our physical, occupational and speech therapists have extensive experience in the practical application of rehabilitation techniques and interventions for people with spasticity
Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.