A significant proportion of stroke survivors present with spasticity. Post-stroke spasticity might have an impact on comfort, posture, ease of care, and function, and may increase the risk of comorbid complications, such as contractures and skin ulcers. By understanding the pathophysiology and clinical manifestation of spasticity, physicians can select the most effective and appropriate approach for its management. There are several approaches to control spasticity, including non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments, and are usually combined in clinical practice. The goal of spasticity management is to avoid complications, and to increase functional abilities and improve the quality of life. Also, further research on the prevention of post-stroke spasticity is necessary to improve stroke survivors function and quality of life.
Volume 12, Issue 4, December 2018, Pages 280-284