Spasticity: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment


Nicklas A. Schou (Editor)

Series: Neurology – Laboratory and Clinical Research Developments
BISAC: MED056000

This compilation focuses on spasticity, a condition which results in an abnormal increase in muscle tone caused by injury of nerve pathways within the brain responsible for muscle movement control.

The authors assess the effectiveness of extracorporeal shock wave therapy, a promising new non- invasive method, in the reduction of muscle spasticity.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy, a successful neurosurgical technique for spasticity treatment, is subsequently described. In the postoperative phase, rehabilitation plays an essential role, supplemented by possible corrective orthopedic interventions.

In general, physical therapy methods and rehabilitation techniques constitute suitable non-pharmacological options for spasticity, and they are primary care treatments used in early treatment.

The closing study analyzes the effectiveness of upper limb orthosis for the treatment of spasticity, range of motion and functionality issues of persons with cerebral palsy and acquired brain damage.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Spasticity Clinical Management
(Maria Teresa Botti Rodrigues Santos, Ana Cristina Fernandes Maria Ferreira and Andre Luiz Ferreira Costa, Postgraduate Program in Dentistry, Cruzeiro do Sul University, SaÞo Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy in the Treatment of Spasticity
(Aleksandra D. Ilieva, MD, and Elena M. Ilieva, MD, PhD, Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical University of Plovdiv, Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Chapter 3. Neurosurgical Treatment of Spasticity in Children: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
(Tomaz Velnar, Peter Spazzapan, Zoran Rodi, Natasa Kos and Roman Bosnjak, Department of Neurosurgery, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia, and others)

Chapter 4. The Role of Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation in the Postsurgical Period of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
(Natasa Kos, PhD, Medical Rehabilitation Unit, University medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Chapter 5. Physical Therapy Modalities Used in Spasticity Treatment
(Nilay Sahin, MD, and Hilal Yesil, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Balikesir University, Balıkesir, Turkey, and others)

Chapter 6. Orthotics for the Rehabilitation of the Spastic Upper Limb: Current Advances
(Elisa María Garrido Ardila, Marta Salguero Barahona, Juan Rodríguez Mansilla and María Jiménez Palomares, Adolor Research Group. Department of Medical-Surgical Therapy, Extremadura University, Badajoz, Spain, and others)


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