Severe cerebral origin Spasticity

Severe cerebral origin spasticity

Severe cerebral origin spasticity is an impairing and disabling condition caused by brain damage or an interruption to functional pathways in the brain. It results in tight, rigid muscles with increased reflexes and difficulty controlling movements. Spasticity can limit mobility and can also cause muscle pain and fatigue.

The condition is often seen in people with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and stroke. People with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury can also have spasticity.

Symptoms of severe cerebral origin spasticity

The severity and symptoms of severe cerebral origin spasticity vary depending on the underlying medical condition. Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal postures
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Nerve pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination


Severe cerebral origin spasticity is often diagnosed upon physical examination. The doctor will make note of the degree of spasticity, movement patterns, muscle strength, range of motion, and reflex activity. Additional tests such as MRIs, CT scans and electrodiagnostic tests may also be used to investigate the source of the spasticity.


Treatment for severe cerebral origin spasticity may include physical therapy, medications, or surgery. Physical therapy can help to improve the range of motion, strengthen muscles, decrease or prevent spasms, and improve the ability to walk. In cases where medication or surgery are necessary, your doctor will work with you to come up with an individualized plan.