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Optimizing the Management of Spasticity in Spinal Cord Disorders

Anthony S. Burns, Associate Professor, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto

The management of spasticity in spinal cord disorders will be reviewed. Specific topics will include (1) the definitions of spasticity and disabling spasticity; (2) the nature of spasticity in spinal cord disorders, as well as its impact on affected individuals; (3) outcome measures for assessing spasticity; and (4) the comparative advantages and disadvantages of treatment strategies (physical modalities, oral medications, injections for focal spasticity, intrathecal drug delivery for generalized spasticity). At the conclusion, participants will be able to select and optimize treatment strategies for individuals impacted by spasticity in spinal cord disorders.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Define spasticity & disabling spasticity
  • List outcome measures for assessing spasticity
  • Compare the advantages & disadvantages of treatment options
  • Optimize treatment strategies following clinical assessment
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