What is Spasticity? Currently Accepted Definition for Occupational Therapy Practice vs Older Definitions

A common complication after a stroke is spasticity. Spasticity has been defined differently over the years. One of the most popular definitions for spasticity reads something like this: ‘a motor disorder characterized by a velocity-dependent increase in tonic stretch reflexes with exaggerated tendon jerks, resulting from hyperexcitability of the stretch reflex, as one component of … Read more

Alternative to Modified Ashworth Scale for Spasticity

The Modified Ashworth Scale (or the original version) are the most popular and common way used by therapists and physicians to measure spasticity. This ordinal scale is a simple clinical way to measure resistance to passive stretch. However, it is limited by the measurer’s subjective experience and is considered to have poor inter-rater reliability. Instead, … Read more