Arm Spasticity

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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