Spasticity is an abnormal increase in muscle tone caused by damage to the nerve system that regulates muscle activity. Physical disabilities resulting from chronic disease or traumatic injury sometimes result in this type of abnormal muscle activity. Spasticity may be a complication resulting from cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or stroke.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's (RIC) spasticity rehabilitation services incorporate a wide range of treatments tailored to meet the needs of the patient and address loss of function, contracture and pain. Spasticity management interventions and support include:
RIC works in conjunction with medical specialists from Children's Memorial Hospital in the treatment of spasticity in children and adolescents. The Pediatric Spasticity Management Clinic includes the services of orthopedists, neurosurgeons and physiatrists, along with physical therapy and nursing services. Through an interdisciplinary evaluation process, all options in the treatment of spasticity are considered and integrated to maximize functional improvement for patients.
RIC's Main Campus, located at 345 E. Superior Street, in Chicago, works in conjunction with medical specialists from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Comprehensive spasticity rehabilitation services are offered at several RIC locations. For more information, call our Toll Free Referral and Information Line: 1-800-354-REHAB (7342), or visit the locations page of our Web site.