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Why does spasticity occur after a spinal cord injury?

Why does spasticity occur 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 occurs after a spinal cord injury because essentially your spinal cord wants input. It's used to input all through your life, because you're giving your brain input to your spinal cord all the time to move. Now you've lost that... Show More

Spasticity occurs after a spinal cord injury because essentially your spinal cord wants input. It's used to input all through your life, because you're giving your brain input to your spinal cord all the time to move. Now you've lost that connection, so your spinal cord is thinking, "Okay, where I get that input, so I'm going to get it from wherever I can get it." And it's coming from your skin, and from your legs, anything below the level of the injury.

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Why does spasticity occur 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 occurs after a spinal cord injury because essentially your spinal cord wants input. It's used to input all through your life, because you're giving your brain input to your spinal cord all the time to move. Now you've lost that connection, so your spinal cord is thinking, "Okay, where I get that input, so I'm going to get it from wherever I can get it." And it's coming from your skin, and from your legs, anything below the level of the injury.

Why does spasticity occur after a spinal cord injury?
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