Using the Portable Spasticity Assessment Device to evaluate Deforming Spastic Paresis in Clinical Settings


Contracture and spasticity both can impact movements in people who have an injury to their central nervous system. It is hard to know which one is contributes more to problems with movement. That contributes to making contracture and spasticity hard to treat. The Portable Spasticity Assessment Device (PSAD) can tell them apart, but it has not been used in clinics yet.

The purpose of this study is to determine if the PSAD is useful and practical to use in the clinic. Participants will have their spasticity and contracture evaluated using the PSAD. It is very similar to the usual tests their clinician would do and involves recording their muscle activity with sticker on their muscles. Most assessments will occur when participants are seeing their clinicians. We will ask some participants to come in for an extra visit.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Inclusion criteria:

People of any age with symptoms of deforming spastic paresis (e.g. people with spastic cerebral palsy or stroke or spinal cord injury) that are seeing a clinician (e.g. doctor or physical therapist) for these symptoms.


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Principal investigator:

Elizabeth Condliffe

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