Spasticity happens when the muscles are involuntarily and often painfully contracted as a result of stroke or other conditions. North Memorial’s Spasticity Program works closely with those involved in providing stroke care, including physicians, nursing and rehabilitation staff, to develop a plan that’s best for you.
The North Memorial Difference
- We believe in a coordinated approach to care. At North Memorial, our spasticity team works closely with all those involved in providing stroke care, including physicians, nurses and rehabilitation staff.
- Our program is operated by a dedicated and highly trained staff experienced in spasticity.North Memorial’s Spasticity Program is directed by a North Memorial neurologist and a registered nurse who are involved in all aspects of a patient’s treatment.
Spasticity results from a variety of conditions including stroke, cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis.
North Memorial’s Spasticity Clinic is coordinated by a registered nurse, who is involved in all aspects of an individual’s treatment ranging from screening and assessment to check ups and pump regulation. The program is directed by Dr. Charles Horowitz, M.D., a North Memorial neurologist, who sees patients in the Spasticity clinic each week.
North Memorial Spasticity Program works with individuals affected by the condition on assessment and development of innovative treatments. They include:
- Oral medications
- Rehabilitation Therapy— Occupational, speech and physical therapies including pool therapy, stretching and exercises.
- Botox injections—Injections administered directly into the affected muscle reducing spasticity.
- Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy (IBT)—A treatment option that delivers baclofen directly to the central nervous system via the spinal canal using an implanted pump and catheter.
Anyone who has spasticity issues that are not controlled by their current treatment may benefit from our clinic services. The program generally doesn’t require a referral, but you may want to check with your insurance or primary care physician about specific requirements.
Clinics hours are Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 763-581-3650.
This service is available at the following locations: