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What treatments are available to decrease spasticity after a spinal cord injury?

What treatments are available to decrease spasticity after a spinal cord injury?

T. George Hornby, PhD, PT

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

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There are a number of treatments to try to change spastic motor behaviors in patients. One common one is oral medications. Patients are given drugs to actually depress the spinal cord excitability and the inputs from the nerves from your legs to your... Show More

There are a number of treatments to try to change spastic motor behaviors in patients. One common one is oral medications. Patients are given drugs to actually depress the spinal cord excitability and the inputs from the nerves from your legs to your spinal cord. While that can be very beneficial for wiping out the spasticity, sometimes, particularly people who have motor recovery, that may actually reduce their movement, because we rely on those reflexes when we walk.

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What treatments are available to decrease spasticity after a spinal cord injury?

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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There are a number of treatments to try to change spastic motor behaviors in patients. One common one is oral medications. Patients are given drugs to actually depress the spinal cord excitability and the inputs from the nerves from your legs to your spinal cord. While that can be very beneficial for wiping out the spasticity, sometimes, particularly people who have motor recovery, that may actually reduce their movement, because we rely on those reflexes when we walk.

What treatments are available to decrease spasticity after a spinal cord injury?
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