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What causes spasticity?

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An imbalance of signals from the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to the muscles causes spasticity. People with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury usually have this imbalance.

From: Spasticity WebMD Medical Reference

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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

Smania, N. , September 2010. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 

UpToDate: "Management and prognosis of cerebral palsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 15, 2017

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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

Smania, N. , September 2010. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 

UpToDate: "Management and prognosis of cerebral palsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 15, 2017

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