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Spasticity

Spasticity is a common complication following spinal cord injury, and can interfere with daily activities and affect the quality of life. Miami Project scientists are conducting basic research to characterize the involuntary muscle activity (spasms) seen in people after spinal cord injury.  A goal is to examine the physiological processes that lead to the development of different forms of spasticity and that either intensify or reduce the involuntary muscle activity (spasms).  In clinical studies, researchers are examining the effects of anti-spasm medications, passive exercise and stretching.