Posted by: lizzie | 2007/05/23

T3 injury - spasms

Hi there

I have a friend that was paralised and is now in a wheelchair. He has a T3 injury and suffers from terrible muscle spasms. Is there anything that he can use or that can be done to help with this. He has taken various medication for this and it only works for a while and then no more. Now with the cold weather it just get worse. Its so bad that he cant even sleep at night.

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Dear Lizzie
Baclofen ( Lioresal) and Valium are often used as well as tizanidine, clonazepam, and gabapentin. At the muscle level local injections of botulinum toxin in extremely spastic, hyperactive muscle groups can be highly effective in controlling spasms and the pain associated with them. There is a spinal unit at the Muelmed hospital in Pretoria if you want to phone and ask if they have a orthopedic surgeon that could be of assistance.

Just a tip - if he gets a spasm in the leg, it helps to stretch the muscle in the opposite direction - usually bending the toes upwards helps to stop the spasm.

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