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Our Spasticity Clinic focuses on maximizing comfort and physical function for people who have injury to the central nervous system.  We address motor system injuries that lead to the increased motor tone, often associated with weakness.  Spasticity causes muscle cramps, stiffness and spasms and may limit physical function. Fatigue from trying to overcome spasticity is common.  Many of our patients have experienced a stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, dystonia, hemifacial spasms, spinocerebellar degeneration or hereditary spastic paraparesis.

Spasticity may also be helpful in some circumstances; as it may allow an individual to compensate for weakness.  For a person with leg weakness who has increased muscle spasticity on standing, for example, the increased spasticity may allow for safer ambulation and transfers.

An increase from baseline spasticity may also help indicate a new physical problem such as a urinary tract infection, other bowel or bladder problems, or skin breakdown.

Treatment of spasticity includes physical therapy, to maximize muscle stretch and strength, medications and surgery.  Medications, given orally, intramuscularly or intrathecally (directly into the spinal canal), are used to reduce unwanted exaggerated muscle tone and limit muscle spasms and cramps.  Baclofen, tizanidine, dantrolene and benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed.  Because these medicines taken orally may cause side effects of fatigue, cognitive slowing and constipation, and may be limited in their benefit, intramuscular botox and intrathecal baclofen have become widely used.  In adults, surgery may help reduce contraction of joints.

There is no cure presently for spasticity.  In the Spasticity Clinic, we listen to individuals’ problems and, together, design a management plan to help maximize comfort and function. 

Location/Contact Information

Call 763-520-5900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Spasticity Clinic
North Memorial

Stroke Center
3300 Oakdale Avenue North
Robbinsdale, MN 55422

 

 

 

 

 
Clinic Locations

GOLDEN VALLEY / MAIN OFFICE
4225 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 588-0661

BURNSVILLE
Oak Ridge East Professional Building
675 E. Nicollet Boulevard, Suite 100, Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 435-8516 (Neurology services)
(952) 898-5000 (Rehab services)

COON RAPIDS
3833 Coon Rapids Blvd., Suite 100, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 427-8320

EDINA
Southdale Place
3400 West 66th St, Suite 150, Edina, MN 55435
(952) 920-7200 (Neurology services)
(952) 920-8088 (Rehab services)

MAPLE GROVE
North Memorial Medical Office
9825 Hospital Drive, Suite 103, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 302-4114

OUTREACH LOCATIONS
Twin Cities Metro, Greater Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

 

 

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Please consult your neurologist for information specific to your circumstance.