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Any injury or illness that affects the spinal cord can cause spasticity, an increase in muscle stiffness that can lead to immobility.

In this podcast, physiatrist Bobby Brunner, M.D. discusses some common disorders that result in spasticity and the wide spectrum of its severity. He walks listeners through the considerations a physiatrist would make in determining how to address spasticity. Dr. Brunner explores a progression of treatment options for spasticity: physical therapy, injection therapies, pump system implantation, and surgery.

UAB MedCast is a weekly series of continuing medical education (CME) podcasts that highlights the latest clinical and research innovations at UAB Medicine.

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