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Spasticity is a form of increased muscle tone (hypertonia) which is commonly affects those with cerebral palsy. It can cause a range of difficulties for individuals which could include impaired motor function, muscle pain, difficulty walking or contracture of muscles. We are able to provide a range of treatments to help with the management of spasticity in both adults and children. This will be comprised of a personalised programme depending on the needs and goals of the individual.
We offer a number of services in our spasticity management clinic which can be used individually or in conjunction with each other or other suitable services. The services offered are:
At Orthotics UK we are able to offer botox (botulinum toxin) in the treatment of focal spasticity. Botox is only suitable for focal spasticity as it is injected into the specifically affected muscle. The muscle is then forced to relax consequently reducing the spasticity present.
Following a selective dorsal rhizotomy procedure individuals are advised to wear orthoses during the rehabilitation process. At Orthotics UK our experienced orthotists are able to provide the appropriate splints to support the ankles and feet.
Serial casting and night splint programmes both work with the aim of applying a prolonged stretch on the muscles, ligaments and tendons to increase length and reduce tightening.
Splints and orthotics are frequently used in the treatment of spasticity. At Orthotics UK we are able to provide both stock and custom made orthotics for the spasticity management in upper and lower limbs.
Spasticity affects every individual differently, for this reason it is important a full assessment takes place to ensure the most appropriate treatment programme is selected. This could be a combination of services or it could be just one service being provided. Our team will discuss with you the different options available and your suitability. You will then be able to make an informed decision about how you would like to proceed. Each service will then have an individual assessment process.