What is included in the physical exam to evaluate spasticity?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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In patients with new-onset spasticity, a thorough history and physical examination, as well as examination using electromyography, a determination of nerve conduction velocities, or imaging studies of the head, neck, and spine may be useful in eliminating treatable causes of increased tone. [2]

In patients with a previous neurologic insult, a thorough history and physical examination is necessary to rule out any factors that can exacerbate spasticity (eg, medication changes, noxious stimuli, increased intracranial pressure).


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