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Spasticity

What is spasticity?

 

Spasticity is abnormal muscle tightness which results from an injury or disease of the brain or spinal cord.

Who gets spasticity?

Spasticity is commonly encountered with conditions including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis.

How do I know if I have spasticity?

Spasticity can cause a number of different symptoms including a feeling of muscle tightness, muscle spasms, pain, and trouble moving. The best way to determine if you have spasticity is to have an evaluation with doctor who is familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of spasticity.

What treatments are available for spasticity?

  • Stretching

  • Exercises

  • Bracing

  • Oral medications such as baclofen, dantrolene, and tizanidine

  • Botox injections into the muscle

 

During your visit with the physician, they will do a detailed assessment of your symptoms and goals and determine which treatments are right for you.

Who might benefit from Botox injections?

Many private insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of Botox injections.

 

You may be eligible for coverage of your Botox injections through OHIP if:

  • You are over the ager of 65 and have had a stroke or spinal cord injury

  • You have cerebral palsy

 

If you are enrolled in any of the following programs you may be eligible for funding through the Exceptional Access Program:

  • ODSP

  • Ontario Works

  • WSIB

  • Ontario Drub Benefit

  • Trillium Drug Program

 

As part of your comprehensive spasticity assessment, your doctor will discuss the potential funding options and help you navigate any applications if applicable.

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