How does spasticity affect health and quality of life (QoL)?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The negative impacts of spasticity on health and quality of life include the following:

  • Orthopedic deformity, such as hip dislocation, contractures, or scoliosis

  • Impairment of activities of daily living (eg, dressing, bathing, toileting)

  • Impairment of mobility (eg, inability to walk, roll, sit)

  • Skin breakdown secondary to positioning difficulties and shearing pressure

  • Pain or abnormal sensory feedback

  • Poor weight gain secondary to high caloric expenditure

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Depression secondary to lack of functional independence

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