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Your doctor may also use a test called electromyography, or EMG, to see how well your arm muscles and nerves are working. For this test, you’ll sit or lie down, and a technician will put electrodes on your arms. The electrodes have small needles that go into your muscles, and they’re attached by wires to a machine that can measure the electricity in your muscles and nerves. Your doctor will ask you to slowly flex and relax your arms so the machine can record the activity. She may also inject a drug to briefly numb the area where you have spasms to see if they still happen when you can’t move your muscles. The test can take 30 minutes to an hour.

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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