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When does spasticity usually begin after a spinal cord injury?

When does spasticity usually begin after a spinal cord injury?

T. George Hornby, PhD, PT

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

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Spasticity usually presents in the first few weeks to months after an injury. Early after an injury, there is this period called spinal shock, where the whole spinal cord isn't getting input any more from the brain and it hasn't kind of reorg... Show More

Spasticity usually presents in the first few weeks to months after an injury. Early after an injury, there is this period called spinal shock, where the whole spinal cord isn't getting input any more from the brain and it hasn't kind of reorganized itself yet. So when you tap on someone's tendon then, right after the injury, you don't have any reflexes. Gradually, however, these reflexes tend to rebound because then that spinal cord wants that input, and it takes a little while for those changes actually to occur. So in about two weeks to four weeks, maybe months, different types of spastic motor behaviors tend to kind of show up.

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When does spasticity usually begin 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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Spasticity usually presents in the first few weeks to months after an injury. Early after an injury, there is this period called spinal shock, where the whole spinal cord isn't getting input any more from the brain and it hasn't kind of reorganized itself yet. So when you tap on someone's tendon then, right after the injury, you don't have any reflexes. Gradually, however, these reflexes tend to rebound because then that spinal cord wants that input, and it takes a little while for those changes actually to occur. So in about two weeks to four weeks, maybe months, different types of spastic motor behaviors tend to kind of show up.

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