Spasticity


Written By: Ehsan Jahandarpour

Spasticity (from Greek spasmos- ‘drawing, pulling’) is a feature of altered skeletal muscle performance with a combination of paralysis, increased tendon reflex activity, and hypertonia. It is also colloquially referred to as an unusual “tightness”, stiffness, or “pull” of muscles. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy, which is a group of permanent movement problems that do not get worse over time. GABA’s inhibitory actions contribute to baclofen’s efficacy as an anti-spasticity agent.