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Spasticity Clinic

Unity at Ridgeway
2655 Ridgeway Avenue, Suite 420
Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: (585) 723-7972
Fax: (585) 368-3119

At the Spasticity Clinic, our tradition of medical excellence and compassion enables us to understand not just the physical condition, but also how to deal with the social and psychological aspects of spasticity.

We work with those in the community who have spasticity due to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury, and brain injury.

We are committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive medical services for our patients and their families. Together, our neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists, experienced nursing staff, and social workers provide patients with complete care.

What we offer…total care and treatment options
The first step in the collaborative physician-patient effort to treat spasticity is to determine the treatment option that will best enhance the life of the patient. We base the decision on a physical assessment that considers muscular movements and measures the efficacy of current treatments. We take the time to provide the treatment that is best for you or your family member.

The Spasticity Clinic's treatments include:

  • Traditional Therapy Approaches
    Muscle stretching, positioning and movement exercises are basic components of a spasticity management program.
  • Oral Medications
    Medications taken orally are sometimes prescribed as the sole reliever of spasticity, or they can be used in conjunction with other treatments.
  • Botulinum Toxin Therapy (Botox)
    Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a natural substance that is injected directly into spastic muscle tissue. Its use can be complemented by splinting and orthotic management to enhance the effect of stretching. Botulinum toxin acts as an inhibitor of muscle spasms and is widely accepted for use in treating localized spasticity.
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
    Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy is an effective method for controlling severe spasticity. This therapy consists of surgically placing a small pump that delivers medication directly to the spinal fluid via a catheter. This pump delivers a specific dosage of baclofen injection that may decrease muscle spasticity. The dosage amount is determined by your Spasticity Clinic physicians and is monitored closely to determine the most effective level for each patient.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
    Some patients may be candidates for orthopaedic surgeries to correct deformities resulting from spasticity or to augment the effects of other antispasticity treatments.

What else does the Spasticity Clinic provide for its patients?
In addition to our experts in neurologic and physical medicine services, we can also provide assistance with physical and occupational therapy. And, we are more than a clinical resource for patients with spasticity. We can provide valuable access to community services that can help make our patients' lives more complete.

For our pediatric patients, we work in coordination with the child's school district and other community agencies. Our goal is to make our patients completely comfortable socially, psychologically, and physically.

About the Spasticity Clinic
The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation staff provide complete medical care for patients.

The patient and family are essential members of the Spasticity Clinic team. Together we develop a treatment plan based on functional goals.

What is spasticity?
Spasticity is a condition that causes tight, stiff muscles, especially in the arms and legs, making movement difficult, uncontrollable, or jerky. Spasticity can vary from mild to severe and is different for every individual. People with spasticity may also have spasms - sudden, involuntary muscle contractions.

What challenges can spasticity present?
Spasticity can be painful and can interfere with a person's function or comfort. Everyday activities like walking, eating, dressing, or bathing can become time-consuming and difficult for individuals with spasticity as well as their caregivers. When spasticity limits activities for long periods, additional medical problems such as joint stiffness, pressure sores, and pneumonia may develop.

How to help yourself or your loved one
It is important to know that patients with spasticity tend to tire quickly because it takes more energy to move spastic muscles than it does to move normal ones. We are sensitive to the unique needs of our patients with spasticity and strive to meet their needs every day. It is most important to know as much as possible about spasticity and all available treatment options to better care for yourself or your child or family member.

We are accustomed to answering questions and empowering patients and their families with the knowledge and skill to help them care for themselves.

We work as a team with the patient and family to combine the latest research and medical treatments available with the personal aspects of every individual's specific condition.