Spasticity is increased muscle activity that occurs as a result of damage to the central nervous system (CNS) i.e. damage to the brain or spinal cord. Damage to the CNS can be caused by Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to name the most common causes. Damage to the CNS often results in muscle weakness or paralysis, loss of voluntary movement, muscles spasms and tightness. It is this muscle spasm and tightness that is described as spasticity. If spasticity is not effectively managed then it can lead to muscle contractures and where there is underlying movement, loss of function.
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