Spasticity can cause pain and difficulty with activities of daily living, such as walking, transfers such as from bed to wheelchair, and personal hygiene. Moreover, if a joint remains in one position for a prolonged period due to spasticity, it can develop a contracture—a permanent shortening of the tendons around that joint. Contractures are more difficult to treat.
- Detailed examination of the affected body part to determine the severity of spasticity
- Complete medical physical evaluation to determine the effect spasticity has on the individual’s functioning