What Is Spasticity?

Spasticity is muscle over-activity, appearing as the following:

  • Involuntary muscle contractions
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Awkward movements
  • Exaggerated reflexes

Spasticity is caused by injury to the part of the central nervous system that controls voluntary movements. The damage disrupts the signals between the nervous system and muscles, leading to increased muscle activity.

Spasticity may result from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or other neurological disorders.

Symptoms of Spasticity

Spasticity varies from mild muscle stiffness to severe, painful, and uncontrollable muscle spasms. Spasticity can also lead to contractures (abnormal joint positions), which may lead to deformity or inability to move the related body part.

Spasticity is often painful and can complicate activities of daily living. Reducing the barrier of spasticity can help you achieve more independence. Do not hesitate to contact our experts in spasticity management to help you.

Your Care Team

Medical professionals at University of Utah Health Care offer a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best spasticity management plan for you. You may be evaluated and treated by physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and rehabilitation nurses.

Each professional has a unique and important role in offering you the best treatment. Above all, you are the most important member of the team.

Learn more about treatment options for spasticity.

Contact Us

To learn more about our programs or determine if an evaluation is right for you, please call:

Phone: (801) 581-2267
Toll Free: (800) 824-2073
Clinic Fax: (801) 585-3498

Steven R. Edgley, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Dr. Edgley is the Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. He is involved with both clinical aspects of stroke rehabilitation and with research on new techniques and methods to promote and facilitate greater function after stroke. His aim is to promote greater functional independence in stroke patients throughout the clinical ... Read More

Specialties:

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Stroke

Locations:

School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267

Michael M. Green, D.O.

Dr. Michael Green is currently an assistant professor (Clinical) of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Dept of Pediatrics with adjunct in PMR), School of Medicine, University of Utah. At the University of Utah adult PMR clinic he manages the rehabilitation needs of adults with childhood onset disabilities. This clinic specializes in the transi... Read More

Specialties:

Cancer Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pediatric Spasticity Management, Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Spasticity Management, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 213-3599
Primary Children's Hospital
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 662-4949
School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267

Patrick P. Maitre, PA-C

Patrick Maitre, Physician Assistant (PA-C), joined Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a provider in the Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital in November 2013. He works in collaboration with Dr. Steven Edgley to manage the many rehabilitation needs of persons recovering from stroke. This includes manageme... Read More

Allison Oki, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

Dr. Oki is an attending physician at Primary Children’s Medical Center where she manages rehabilitation needs of children with neurologic conditions. At the University of Utah, Dr. Oki manages the rehabilitation needs of adults with childhood onset disabilities. This clinic offers continuity between the pediatric and adult rehabilitation systems.... Read More

Specialties:

EMG, Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pediatric Spasticity Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 213-3599
PCH Outpatient Services at Riverton (801) 213-3599
Primary Children's Hospital (801) 662-4949
School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267

Jeffrey P. Rosenbluth, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.5

4.5 out of 5

Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation program at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and at South Davis Community Hospital for sub-acute and long-term acute Spinal Cord Injury programs. He also oversees a large SCI-specific outpatient practice, which provides rehabilitative ... Read More

Specialties:

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Spinal Cord Injury

Locations:

School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267

Specialties:

Physical Therapy

Locations:

University Hospital
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-6661

Teresa L. Such-Neibar, D.O.

Dr. Teresa Such-Neibar is a pediatric rehabilitation physician at Primary Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, and adjunct faculty member for the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She co... Read More

Specialties:

Pediatric Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, Traumatic Brain Injury

Locations:

Eccles Primary Children’s Outpatient Services Building (801) 213-3599
Primary Children's Hospital
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 662-4949
School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267

Katarina L. Waters, D.N.P., M.S.N., FNP-C, APRN

Patient Rating:

4.8

4.8 out of 5

Katarina Waters, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), is a provider for the Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the University of Utah Medical Center. She has worked in the field of rehabilitation since 2000, and provides rehabilitative care, primary care, and urgent care services to the spinal cord injury (SCI) population. Her specialties inc... Read More

Specialties:

Family Nurse Practitioner, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management

Locations:

School of Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(801) 581-2267
University Hospital (801) 581-2334
University Hospital 50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
Map
(801) 587-3422