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What are the symptoms of upper limb spasticity?

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You may not have any symptoms of upper limb spasticity until weeks, months, or even years after you have a stroke or brain injury. The condition can cause:

Without treatment, your muscles can seem frozen in these positions. Spasms and stiffness can make it very hard to do normal tasks like dressing yourself.

If you notice muscle tightness, spasms, or stiff limbs at any time after you’ve had a stroke or brain injury, you should tell your doctor right away.

  • Stiff arm muscles
  • Twitches or movements that you can’t control
  • Trouble using or moving your arms
  • Tightness in the muscles in your elbows, wrists, or fingers
  • Arms that get stuck in uncomfortable positions, such as pressed against your side.
  • Rotated shoulders
  • Bent elbows or wrists
  • Hands clenched into fists
  • Difficulty or pain when you move or straighten your arm, elbows, wrists, or fingers

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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