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Spinal Cord Injury Spasticity and Neurosurgery

Spasticity or spasms are spontaneous, involuntary, uncoordinated reflex movements of muscles, which can occur following spinal cord injury. While some spasticity may be useful, spasms can become a problem and interfere with wheelchair positioning, transfers, and sleeping. When spasticity becomes a problem and cannot be treated adequately with medical management, surgical intervention may be appropriate.

Surgical Interventions for Spasticity

  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump: This is a surgical procedure involving the placement of a pump, which delivers spasticity medication through a catheter into the spinal fluid space around the spinal cord.
  • Selective Sensory Microrootlet Section (SSMS): This is a surgical procedure which involves cutting selected sensory nerve rootlets entering the spinal cord.

Contact Dr. Scott Falci

If you would like to make a referral to Dr. Falci, want further information, or have questions, please call Charlotte Indeck, RN at Dr. Falci’s office at 303-761-5281 or e-mail cindeck@craighospital.org. Because of the high volume of requests and our busy surgery schedule, please allow several days to hear back. If your request requires a quicker response, please indicate that when you call. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.