Arm & Hand Spasticity
Also known as: arm spasms, upper limb spasticity, upper limb spasms, elbow spasticity, forearm spasticity, wrist spasticity, hand spasticity, flexion contractures.
What is arm/hand spasticity?
Arm and hand spasticity refers to uncontrolled and abrupt movements known as spasms that frequently occur in the arms or hands. The spasms are often accompanied by stiff arm muscles, as well as trouble with arm coordination or function.
What causes arm spasticity?
Arm spasticity occurs due to nerve damage. The condition is frequently the result of another medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, a spinal cord injury, a brain injury or cerebral palsy.
What are the symptoms of arm spasticity?
What are arm spasticity care options?
Reviewed by: Trevor J Resnick, MD
This page was last updated on: September 21, 2020 01:29 PM
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