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Episode 3 - How spasticity can affect you

Read a transcript of the podcast here.

After a stroke, many people have muscle weakness and loss of movement. But you might also be experiencing spasticity, which is tight muscles or stiffness in your arms, fingers or legs. This can lead to muscle spasms and uncontrollable, jerky movements in your arms or legs, changes in your posture, unusual limb positions, or pain. In our next podcast, we’ll look at how spasticity can affect you and the treatment options available.

Professor John Olver is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at the Epworth and a leading researcher on spasticity management. He was the primary author for the international consensus statement for using botulinum toxin for lower limb disorders in adults.

Adrian O’Malley is a horticulturalist and avid bushwalker who had a stroke in 2006 when he was 34. He’s committed to helping make the lives of stroke survivors better. As he says, “A stroke doesn’t have to define every aspect of your life.” 

Katherine David is a rehabilitation physiotherapist and one of the health professionals behind the Stroke Foundation’s recovery resource My Stroke Journey and the information and advice service StrokeLine.

Episode 3 - How spasticity can affect you

Read a transcript of the podcast here.

After a stroke, many people have muscle weakness and loss of movement. But you might also be experiencing spasticity, which is tight muscles or stiffness in your arms, fingers or legs. This can lead to muscle spasms and uncontrollable, jerky movements in your arms or legs, changes in your posture, unusual limb positions, or pain. In our next podcast, we’ll look at how spasticity can affect you and the treatment options available.

Professor John Olver is the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at the Epworth and a leading researcher on spasticity management. He was the primary author for the international consensus statement for using botulinum toxin for lower limb disorders in adults.

Adrian O’Malley is a horticulturalist and avid bushwalker who had a stroke in 2006 when he was 34. He’s committed to helping make the lives of stroke survivors better. As he says, “A stroke doesn’t have to define every aspect of your life.” 

Katherine David is a rehabilitation physiotherapist and one of the health professionals behind the Stroke Foundation’s recovery resource My Stroke Journey and the information and advice service StrokeLine.