Please help United Spinal Association continue to raise awareness about spasticity––which affects approximately 65–78 percent of people living with spinal cord injury (SCI).
One of the most effective ways that you can help raise awareness about spasticity is to contact your state and federal elected officials. Please take a moment to educate your elected representatives about spasticity and to let them know that spasticity is a priority for you.
Spasticity is an involuntary contraction of the muscles due to the disruption in neural pathways. Spasticity can be triggered by simple activities such as stretching, repositioning, and touch.
Spasticity may have benefits such as maintenance of muscle tone. Some individuals are able to use their spasticity to complete functional tasks. Sudden increased spasticity can also act as a warning sign of an underlying medical condition such as urinary tract infection. However, severe spasticity can be extremely disruptive to quality of life (disrupted sleep, inability to transfer safely, etc.). Complications resulting from spasticity include pressure ulcers from shear and friction, falls, pain, and decreased range of motion.
In early 2016, five patient advocacy organizations, including United Spinal Association, came together to form the Spasticity Alliance, which aims to empower individuals (and their families) living with spasticity and to serve as a resource hub for information about spasticity management and treatments.