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How should you take care of yourself if you have upper limb spasticity?

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Along with treatment, there are things you can do to keep your muscles and joints as flexible as possible. For example:

  • Stay as active as you can. Exercise will loosen your muscles and increase your flexibility. Swimming and strength-building activities may especially help. Play games or sports, or try to do normal household tasks to stay active and move stiff limbs.
  • Get enough sleep. If you’re tired, your symptoms may get worse.
  • Find ways to relax. Stress can make spasticity worse, so find low-key activities that you enjoy. Try reading, taking a walk, or meditation.

From: Upper Limb Spasticity WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Spasticity.”

American Stroke Association: “What Is Stroke?”

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: “New Hope for the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity.”

American Association of Family Physicians: “Upper Limb Spasticity.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spasticity Information Page.”

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine: “Rehabilitation of Moderate to Severe TBI: Movement Disorders, Spasticity and Contractures.”

University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Care: “Spasticity.”

University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Care: “Spasticity Treatment.”

Central Peninsula Hospital (Arkansas): “Caring for Muscle Spasticity or Spasms.”

American Stroke Association: “Finding Support: You Are Not Alone.”

Business Wire. “Ipsen announces FDA approval of Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) for injection in the treatment of upper limb spasticity in adults in the United States.”

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Spasticity.”

American Stroke Association: “What Is Stroke?”

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: “New Hope for the Treatment of Upper Limb Spasticity.”

American Association of Family Physicians: “Upper Limb Spasticity.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Spasticity Information Page.”

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine: “Rehabilitation of Moderate to Severe TBI: Movement Disorders, Spasticity and Contractures.”

University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Care: “Spasticity.”

University of Vermont Fletcher Allen Health Care: “Spasticity Treatment.”

Central Peninsula Hospital (Arkansas): “Caring for Muscle Spasticity or Spasms.”

American Stroke Association: “Finding Support: You Are Not Alone.”

Business Wire. “Ipsen announces FDA approval of Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) for injection in the treatment of upper limb spasticity in adults in the United States.”

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 15, 2017

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