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At Loyola’s Spasticity Clinic, multidisciplinary teams of health professionals have access to the latest techniques to treat the painful spasms and stiffness associated with spasticity. A multitude of neurological conditions – prior stroke, head injury or multiple sclerosis - can lead to spasticity, which is the result of an overstimulated central nervous system. Your muscles will contract or spasm, often in a repeated, predictable pattern.
We work in conjunction with your physicians to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that will help maintain and promote optimal function. Our expert team consists of:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
We will conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop a unique treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Options may include:
- Nerve blocks
- Intrathecal baclofen
- A home exercise plan
Before your physician can make a referral, you will need to explain what your symptoms are and how they are affecting you.
Is it too late to treat my spasticity?
No. If your spasticity developed after a stroke or brain injury, you may not notice differences until three months after your hospital stay.
You or your family may have started noticing that your arm becomes more bent when you try to get dressed. It may become too difficult to open your hand or reach up to grab something from a cabinet. Spasticity also may involve your leg. You may have noticed that walking has become more difficult. Or you may have stumbled because your foot hit the ground in an odd way because your leg is not bending enough. It also may become more difficult to get your shoe on because your foot will not inch up.
It is not too late for evaluation and treatment.
Why do I need therapy?
With spasticity, some muscles need specific sustained stretches and others need strengthening. Muscles that were not affected before may need to become more involved now.
We want to give you the tools to identify which muscles need to be strengthened, stretched or more engaged to maximize your function. The best way to do this is through participation and movement.
What is the process?
1. Ask your physician if this is appropriate for you and if they will refer you to the clinic.
2. Get evaluated by a physician who specializes in spasticity.
3. Get evaluated by a therapist.
4. Sit down with your specialists to discuss a treatment plan tailored just for you.
Is my treatment covered by insurance?
Your initial insurance coverage will be verified by Provider Relations at (708) 216-5014. Follow-up visits or specialty treatment may require specific approval. Provider Relations is onsite and will give you direct information about your benefits.