What is the role of orthoses in the treatment of spasticity?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Krupa Pandey, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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Application of these allows a spastic limb to be maintained in a more normal position. For instance, an ankle-foot orthosis can help to keep the foot flexed and reduce contracture of the calf muscles. A cast is a temporary brace, and serial casting gradually stretches out a contractured limb through the application of successive casts. Proper limb positioning improves comfort and reduces spasticity.

Children may require a new orthosis every few months because of growth. When a child is undergoing new casting, splinting, or positioning, his or her skin should be closely monitored for signs of breakdown.


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