Progress Report: Spasticity Treatment for Spine Injuries

Fifteen months after having a Baclofen pump surgically implanted to relieve Spasticity in his legs, Bill C. is proud to show off the progress that he’s made. Bill suffered a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident that left him unable to move his legs. He has supplemented his Baclofen therapy with intense physical therapy that has paid off to the point where he is now taking steps with a walker.

Dr. Andrea Toomer of Culicchia Neurological Clinic in New Orleans discusses Bill’s tremendous progress as of July, 2016 in this video:

As a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Toomer works with patients to restore their function and movement after a brain or spinal cord injury.

Spasticity is a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted. This contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and can interfere with normal movement, speech, and gait. It is usually caused by damage to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement.

In this video produced over a year ago, Dr. Toomer discusses the progress of patients at Culicchia Neurological Clinic using a surgically implanted Baclofen pump to ease the contractions.

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