Spasticity

Spasticity involves involuntary muscle stiffness and/or spasms-sustained muscle contractions or sudden movements. It is one of the more common symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Spasticity can be as mild as the feeling of tightness of muscles or so severe as to produce painful uncontrollable spasms of extremities, usually of the legs. Spasticity can also produce feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints and cause low back pain.

Some people whose legs are very weak, find that spasticity makes the legs more rigid and actually helps them to stand, transfer or walk.

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Managing Spasticity

Dr Phu Hoang, MS Consultant Physiotherapist explains spasticity in MS and management strategies. (Recorded September 2016)

Webinar Handouts: Getting active with MS: managing spasticity


This program is supported by a grant from Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd


 

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Seeing MS - Spasticity

Photographed by Matt Hoyle
Inspired by Tim Ferguson's invisible symptom

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My legs feel cramped, stiff, and hard to bend. I walk like a rusty robot.     
- TIM FERGUSON -

 

Spasticity

Muscle stiffness can result in uncontrollable spasms. Extreme cases can fully lock parts of your body.

Matt Hoyle

Matt Hoyle is an award winning celebrity photographer. Known for his passion and energy, Matt works closely with his subjects to create a portrait that tells a bigger story.

About Tim

Tim Ferguson is an influential Australian comedian, writer and public speaker. Although spasticity in his legs reduces his mobility, he fights his invisible battle with determination and a joke up his sleeve.


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