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XEOMIN® - Signs and Symptoms of Upper Limb Spasticity

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,1 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 activities3

People with upper limb spasticity may experience symptoms including but not limited to1:

Symptoms may have an impact on activities of daily living. The severity of symptoms varies among patients, from mild to severe.1

Upper Limb Spasticity symptoms

There are 5 common patterns seen in adults with upper limb spasticity3

5 common patterns seen in adults with upper limb spasticity

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.2 Signs of spasticity may develop within weeks or over time.4

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 spasticity1,3


  1. Spasticity. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  2. Recovery after stroke: movement and balance. National Stroke Association website. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  3. Differential diagnosis for spasticity. NeuroRehab Resource website. Accessed June 27, 2019.
  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.