How is spasticity characterized in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Spasticity in MS is characterized by increased muscle tone and resistance to movement; it occurs most frequently in muscles that function to maintain upright posture. The muscle stiffness greatly increases the energy expended to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), which in turn contributes to fatigue.


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