Also known as: arm spasms, upper limb spasticity, upper limb spasms.
What is arm spasticity?
Arm spasticity refers to uncontrolled and abrupt movements known as spasms that frequently occur in the arms. 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?
Along with the spasms themselves, arm spasticity leads to muscle contractions, increased muscle tone and hardened or fixed joints.
What are arm spasticity care options?
In many cases, arm spasticity cannot be cured or prevented. A combination of therapy, medication, braces or surgery can help an individual with arm spasticity cope with the condition.
Reviewed by: Trevor J Resnick, MD
This page was last updated on: January 13, 2020 02:29 PM
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Spasticity and Movement Disorders
Spasticity is one form of movement disorder, that presents as increased tone or stiffness of the muscles that causes an inability to produce and control bodily movements.
Spasticity of the upper extremity ranges from mild to very disabling. The affected muscles may be over-active and cause joint contractures (stiff joints).
Occupational therapy is a form of therapy that helps people rehabilitate through exercises and other means in order to perform their ordinary, daily tasks or work-related functions.