Spasticity Management Program
Brooks Rehabilitation is a recognized leader, inspiring new models of rehabilitation care delivery, pioneering new treatment options, and optimizing choice and access to the patients and families who count on us. By linking the best minds in rehabilitation and enabling staff with the latest technology, our programal experts provide the most effective approach for each patient with a goal of achieving the highest possible level of recovery.
Advanced Treatment Options
Our desire to provide the best treatment options available led us to develop our Comprehensive Spasticity Management program. Spasticity is a condition in which muscles are overactive. The condition of overactive muscles, or tight muscles, is a common phenomenon in patients with neurological disorders. Spasticity can cause pain, spasms, and interfere with walking or performing activities of daily living. In some cases, however, spasticity can help enhance one’s function. Therefore, it is important to be evaluated and treated by a physician who’s well-trained in spasticity management.
Spasticity is associated with the following conditions:
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Brain Injury
• Cerebral Palsy
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Other neurological disorders
Specialized Care and Expert Resources
Led by Kenneth Ngo, MD, Medical Director for the Brooks Rehabilitation Brain Injury Program, the Spasticity program offers medical evaluation, state-of-the-art treatment options, and support from a team of highly specialized experts to help patients control their spasticity and improve their function.
State-of-the-Art Treatment Options
All modes of treatment are provided through the program. Treatment options cover the overall spectrum of care, which include:
• Managing of oral medications
• Prescribing physical, occupational or speech therapy to work on functional tasks
• Applying casts/splints and using proper orthotics to help reduce spasticity
• Using temporary nerve blocks to help diagnose and treat severe spasticity
• Administering neurotoxins, such as Botox, and phenol to treat focal spasticity
• Utilizing and managing intrathecal baclofen pumps to control severe spasticity
• Collaborating with surgeons for surgical interventions if needed
• Overseeing exercise programs to improve overall wellness or participation in another Brooks Rehabilitation Program such as:
- Sports Therapy
- Adaptive Sports and Recreation
- Aquatic Therapy
- Community Re-entry
- Vocational Rehabilitation
The type of treatment and the length of treatment vary from patient to patient. Not every patient needs every treatment options available. Proper evaluation and management of spasticity can significantly improve function and quality of life.
After a proper detailed evaluation, an initial treatment plan is developed. This will include educating and counseling, identifying measures to prevent spasticity, and eliminating offending sources which may worsen spasticity. A home stretching program may be recommended. Other treatment options are listed below.
What to Expect at your Initial Evaluation
At the initial visit, you will be evaluated by Dr. Kenneth Ngo. You will be greeted by a nurse to guide you with initial health assessment and registration. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Dr. Ngo will spend at least 45 minutes with you to evaluate and formulate a treatment plan.
The Comprehensive Spasticity Management Program is located is located at Suite 103 in the Health Care Plaza. For more information about the Brooks Comprehensive Spasticity Management program or to schedule an appointment, please call 904-345-7373. Referrals can be faxed to 904-345-7372.