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Does the level of a spinal cord injury affect the amount of spasticity?

Does the level of a spinal cord injury affect the amount of spasticity?

T. George Hornby, PhD, PT

Research Scientist, Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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The level of injury effects the amount of spasticity that people have somewhat, in that if you have a thoracic injury, in the middle of your back, or a neck injury, a cervical injury, then you may have this type of spasticity, or these spasms. If you... Show More

The level of injury effects the amount of spasticity that people have somewhat, in that if you have a thoracic injury, in the middle of your back, or a neck injury, a cervical injury, then you may have this type of spasticity, or these spasms. If you have a lumbar injury, then typically you don't have a lot of spasticity. In that case, you've actually damaged the nerves coming out of the spinal cord that actually innervate the leg muscles. So then there's a loss of connection between your legs and your spinal cord, not just the loss of connection from your brain to your spinal cord.

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Does the level of a spinal cord injury affect the amount of spasticity?

T. George Hornby, PhD, PT

Research Scientist, Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by T. George Hornby
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The level of injury effects the amount of spasticity that people have somewhat, in that if you have a thoracic injury, in the middle of your back, or a neck injury, a cervical injury, then you may have this type of spasticity, or these spasms. If you have a lumbar injury, then typically you don't have a lot of spasticity. In that case, you've actually damaged the nerves coming out of the spinal cord that actually innervate the leg muscles. So then there's a loss of connection between your legs and your spinal cord, not just the loss of connection from your brain to your spinal cord.

Does the level of a spinal cord injury affect the amount of spasticity?
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