How is spasticity characterized?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Spasticity is increased, involuntary, velocity-dependent muscle tone that causes resistance to movement. The condition is typically a result of insult to the central nervous system or motor neurons. It may occur as a primary condition such as in degenerative conditions or as a result of secondary causes such as spinal cord injury, trauma to the brain, or inflammatory conditions such as multiple sclerosis.


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