Living As An Adult With Upper Limb Spasticity

Merz is committed to helping adult patients manage their upper limb spasticity.

When you are an adult with upper limb spasticity, it can often feel like your arm or hand is no longer under your control. But you are not alone. Twelve million adults worldwide suffer from spasticity,2 and it’s important to know that when it comes to treatment for adult upper limb spasticity, you have options. By talking with your doctor, together you can decide on the treatment that’s right for you.3

Symptoms

Adult upper limb spasticity is a clinical problem in which muscles become overactive and tense, leading to difficulty in movement and limits on your ability to perform daily activities.4

People with upper limb spasticity may experience symptoms including but not limited to2:

Symptoms may have an impact on activities of daily living. The severity of symptoms varies among patients, from mild to severe.2

There are 5 common patterns seen in adults with upper limb spasticity4

One of the most common causes of upper limb spasticity in adults is a stroke. After a stroke, signals from the brain to the muscles often do not work correctly.3 Signs of spasticity may develop within weeks or over time.5

Other causes of adult upper limb spasticity

Even if you haven’t had a stroke, there are other conditions (listed below) that may cause your brain to send the wrong signals to your muscles and cause upper limb spasticity.2,4

References

  1. XEOMIN® [package insert]. Raleigh, NC: Merz North America, Inc; 2018.
  2. Spasticity. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Spasticity. Accessed September 4, 2018.
  3. Recovery after stroke: movement and balance. National Stroke Association website. http://www.stroke.org/stroke-resources/library/movement-and-balance. Accessed September 4, 2018.
  4. Differential diagnosis for spasticity. NeuroRehab Resource website. http://www.neurorehabresource.org/Files/NRR_Differential_Diagnosis.pdf. Accessed September 4, 2018.
  5. Wissel J, Schelosky LD, Scott J, Christe W, Faiss JH, Mueller J. Early development of spasticity following stroke: a prospective, observational trial. J Neurol. 2010;257(7):1067-1072.