It is reported that 34% of people with MS have spasticity that interfered with daily living. 4 Managing severe spasticity with Medtronic ITB Therapy SM (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy) in people with spinal-origin spasticity, including MS:
Results in significant decrease in Ashworth and Spasm scores 9,10,32,36
Results in improved function, as shown by statistically significant improvement in Functional Independence Measure scores 32,33
Improves functional ability in bathing, dressing lower body, and transfers 33
Demonstrated the highest satisfaction rating compared to all oral treatments 4
May result in significantly less spasticity and fewer painful spasms compared with those treated with oral medications only 4
See the Clinical Evidence in Hypertonia Associated with MS section for more information on these studies and their outcomes.
The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers developed an online program, titled Evaluation and Management of Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis, to support educational efforts on advanced spasticity in MS and available treatment options including rehabilitation, oral medication, local injections, and surgical interventions. You may view the program, at no charge, at www.mscare.org/spasticityteam.