What Does Spasticity Feel Like?

You might feel spasticity either as stiffness that doesn’t go away or as movements you can’t control that come and go, especially at night.

It can feel like a muscle tightening, or it can be very painful.

Spasticity also can make you ache or feel tight in and around your joints and low back.

What does spasticity feel like in multiple sclerosis?

Spasticity refers to feelings of stiffness and a wide range of involuntary muscle spasms (sustained muscle contractions or sudden movements). It is one of the more common symptoms of MS. Spasticity may also produce feelings of pain or tightness in and around joints, and can cause low back pain.

What are the symptoms of spasticity?

What Are the Symptoms of Spasticity?

  • Increased muscle tone.
  • Overactive reflexes.
  • Involuntary movements, which may include spasms (brisk and/or sustained involuntary muscle contraction) and clonus (series of fast involuntary contractions)
  • Pain.
  • Decreased functional abilities and delayed motor development.

What does spasticity look like?

What does spasticity look like? Many people with muscle spasticity have increased muscle tone, meaning that some of their muscles never relax fully and are always somewhat contracted. This increased tone, also known as hypertonia, can range from mild and uncomfortable to severe and debilitating, like rigidity.

Does spasticity go away?

If you think you might have spasticity, talk to your doctor or your physical therapist so that you can get the right treatment to relieve your symptoms of spasticity. Usually, medical treatment or exercise therapy for spasticity is not a complete cure, so ongoing therapy is may be necessary.