About MS and spasticity
Spasticity is one of the most common complications of MS, with the majority of patients reporting numerous and highly variable symptoms that range from minimal to severe (1).
Spasticity affects people differently, depending on how long they have had MS. As the disease progresses, so does spasticity. It can cause pain, immobility, inability to walk and may lead to problems with personal hygiene. It is spasticity, rather than weakness, that causes much of the disability affecting lower limbs in people with MS (2).
- Rizzo MA, Hadjimichael OC, Preiningerova J, Vollmer TL. Prevalence and treatment of spasticity reported by multiple sclerosis patients. Mult Scler. 2004 Oct;10(5):589-95.
- Beard S, Hunn A, Wight J. Treatments for spasticity and pain in multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Health Technol Assess. 2003;7(40):iii, ix-x, 1-111.