Interdisciplinary Spasticity Management Program (ISP) Clinic

Spasticity is a debilitating disorder of the central nervous system that’s often experienced by people who have had a:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord injury

Some people with spasticity have mild muscle stiffness. Others have severe and painful joint and muscle spasms.

Spasticity interferes with movement such as sitting, getting in and out of bed, moving a wheelchair or walking safely. It makes it difficult to perform daily activities like getting dressed or having a bath. And it often gets worse over time.

Our clinic provides access to a team of:

  • Physiatrist (rehabilitation doctor)
  • Registered nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist.

The team completes an in-depth assessment and provides a full spasticity management plan based on specific needs and realistic goals of the patient.

Treatment options:

  • Referral to physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy
  • Bracing
  • Splinting
  • Stretching
  • Oral medications
  • Chemodenervation
  • And in some cases intrathecal baclofen pump or other surgical procedures.

The ISP clinic requires a physician referral.

Hours of ISP Clinic Operation:

Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact 

Joy Boyce,
Spasticity Management Program Coordinator
Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre
1341 Summer Street
2nd Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4K4
Tel: 902-473 2753
Fax: 902-473-3204
spasticityclinic@cdha.nshealth.ca