Living With Adult 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.1 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.2



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.1

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

  • Muscle stiffness (known as hypertonia)
  • Limited range of movement
  • Reduced ability to relax muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Changes in limb position
  • Pain

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 adult upper limb spasticity1

Post-stroke Upper Limb Spasticity in Adults

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.4

Other Causes of Upper Limb Spasticity in Adults

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.1,2

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord problems (such as lesions)
  • Cerebral palsy in adults

Discover XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA)

Talk to your doctor about XEOMIN, a treatment that is made using a state-of-the-art manufacturing process. With XEOMIN, you can help manage adult upper limb spasticity.

Learn more about XEOMIN for upper limb spasticity in adults.

Adult Upper Limb Spasticity Patient Brochure

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  1. Differential diagnosis for spasticity. NeuroRehab Resource website. Accessed October 7, 2015.
  2. Spasticity. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Accessed October 7, 2015.
  3. Recovery after stroke: movement and balance. National Stroke Association website. Accessed October 7, 2015.
  4. 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.