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Treatment Options for Severe Spasticity

Posted Sep 17 2010 12:00am

People with spasticity can treat their condition in many ways: rehabilitation, medication, injection therapy, even surgery. There is also Medtronic ITB TherapySM (Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy), also called the baclofen pump, which may be helpful for reducing your severe spasticity.
There is currently no cure for severe spasticity. However, there are a number of treatment options available for managing your symptoms. They include:
Rehabilitation therapy usually takes place in a clinic, a hospital, or at home. It can include any combination of physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
Oral medications may help some people treat the symptoms of spasticity.
Neurodestructive surgical procedures include selective dorsal rhizotomy, in which the dorsal (sensory) nerve roots are severed.
Injection therapy is usually intended for specific muscle groups (for example, one hand, one foot, one shoulder).
Orthopedic surgeries include soft tissue procedures like tendon transfers and osteotomies (cutting a bone to change its alignment).
Medtronic ITB Therapy, also called the baclofen pump, is an adjustable, reversible treatment for severe spasticity. A surgically placed pump and catheter deliver liquid baclofen (Lioresal® Intrathecal) directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, where it’s needed most.
Learn more about treatment options for severe spasticity by listening to a  Medtronic Movement for Living presentation

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