Spasticity Program

Dr. Abraham Alfaro is the Director of the Spassticity and Dystonia Clinic at Bacharach

Spasticity is an unwelcome side effect of many neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury or cerebral palsy. Characterized by rigid or tight muscles, spasticity is not actually caused by the muscles, but rather by the area of the brain controlling muscle movement.

 

People who live with spasticity may find that it limits activity and interferes with performing some of the tasks of daily living. While there is no cure for spasticity or its underlying causes, there are treatments available that significantly improve movement and decrease pain.

 

The Bacharach Spasticity and Dystonia Clinic, directed by Abe Alfaro, Ph.D., D.O., helps to control spasticity in people with MS and other conditions.  One effective method of treatment is to inject the affected nerve with either lidocaine or Botox.  Dr. Alfaro has unique expertise in this area and is one of few doctors in the Philadelphia and South Jersey region offering this type of treatment.

 

 Baclofen pump

Another effective treatment is Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy, or IBT.   It uses a programmable, surgically implanted pump and catheter inserted under the skin to deliver an aqueous form of the drug baclofen, used to treat spasticity, directly to the fluid around the spinal cord.

 

Dr. Alfaro uses a number of techniques to address the spasticity needs of each patient.  After injections, he may refer patients to occupational therapy or physical therapy to increase mobility and range of motion and improve function.

 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alfaro call 609-748- 5380 x 5526