What is the treatment for upper-limb spasticity?
If you have upper-limb spasticity, your doctor may talk to you about physical therapy. Physical therapy can include stretching, strengthening exercises and muscle training. This will help you improve flexibility, coordination and strength in your arms. Sometimes braces or splints can also be used to help prevent muscles from contracting too much.
Your doctor may also talk to you about different medicines. Antispastic medicines can help your muscles relax so that you have fewer spasms. Another treatment your doctor may recommend is injection therapy, which also helps relieve muscle spasms.
Your doctor may recommend surgery if the muscles or tendons become very stiff and limit the range of motion in the arms.
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