Spasticity management

About

Spasticity is a debilitating condition impacting approximately 1 million Americans. Often affecting the upper and lower limbs, spasticity is caused by damage to nerve pathways within the brain or spinal cord that control muscle movement. Spasticity may occur following a stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, in patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or in adults affected by cerebral palsy.

Symptoms of spasticity include:

  • Stiffness in the muscles causing pain and involuntary movements
  • Impaired walking
  • Impaired arm or hand function
  • Hygiene problems

Physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians) at Northwell Health Rehabilitation Network treat spasticity with many options, including:

  • Botulinum toxin injections
  • Oral medications
  • Intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Splinting and bracing

These options can result in meaningful functional improvement that makes a difference in quality of life and allowing patients to gain back mobility and independence.

Northwell Health physiatrists are experts in the non-operative treatment of injuries to the nerve, muscle and/or bones. Their expertise lies in the treatment of spasticity to improve range of motion, reduce pain and improve independence.

Physiatrists who provide spasticity management are:

Our team

Anthony Andrew Oreste, MD

  • Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Susan Maltser, DO

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Matthew Morris Shatzer, DO

  • Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Adam Stein, MD

Craig Hilliard Rosenberg, MD

  • Acting Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Glen Cove Hospital
  • Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southside Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Sylvia Therese John, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Rosanna Sabini, DO

  • Medical Director - Concussion Program
  • Program Director - Brain Injury Med Fellowship Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southside Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Elizabeth Maria Efthimiou, MD

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(888) REHAB-03

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