Standing Up To Spasticity

Spasticity patient Mary Newton in physical therapy after receiving a Baclofen Pump

Mary Newton came to Culicchia Neurological Clinic after suffering a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Not only was she unable to move her legs, she also suffered from painful spasms. She was unable to get any relief from oral medications. They provided only minimal benefit and caused intolerable side effects.

Mary was then referred to Dr. Andrea Toomer at Culicchia Neurological Clinic.  Dr. Toomer is very experienced in the treatment of spasticity using Baclofen and surgically implanted Baclofen pumps to ease the increased muscle tone that was causing Mary’s painful spasms.

Mary responded very well to the Baclofen pump implant which is able to deliver the medication directly to the affected site.  She is now able to walk with a walker and her painful spasms have all but subsided.

In this video, Mary and her husband Kenneth report on the difference it has made in their lives.

Mary is working hard at physical therapy. She is now able to stand up almost unassisted and is working hard on her balance. It is quite a contrast to just six months ago, before she received the pump. Mary is so relieved that her legs are no longer locked up “like Fort Knox” and that she is slowly regaining movement.

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