Spaciticity statistics amongst Spanish MS patients

Spasticity is a feature of altered skeletal muscle performance in muscle tone involving hypertonia; it is also referred to as an unusual "tightness", stiffness, and/or "pull" of muscles.
Clinically spasticity is defined as velocity dependent resistance to stretch, where a lack of inhibition results in excessive contraction of the muscles.
The clinical underpinnings of spasticity in multiple sclerosis could be from poor oxygenation. THIS HOWEVER IS A HYPOTHESIS AND AWAITS VERIFICATION.

Spaciticity statistics amongst Spanish MS patients

Postby themsforum.org » Fri, 11 Jan 2013, 9:48 pm

"Information regarding the epidemiology of spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) in Spain is limited. This cross-sectional survey-based study was undertaken to evaluate the symptoms, severity and consequences of MS-related spasticity (MSS), and to estimate the prevalence of MSS overall and according to the degree of severity (mild/moderate/severe). Adult MS patients (n = 8463) from the two main Spanish MS patients' associations were asked to complete a web-based questionnaire. 2627 responses were received of which 2029 were valid for analysis. Two-thirds were for women. The mean age of respondents was 40.2 years and the mean MS duration was 8.7 years. MSS was reported by 65.7% of respondents with 40% of these rating it as moderate/severe. MS patients with spasticity experienced more symptoms (including greater difficulty walking), consumed more healthcare resources (including care and rehabilitation sessions), and had a higher degree of disability than patients without spasticity. There was a significant correlation between increasing severity of spasticity and worsening of symptoms."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23297730
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