‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

At the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Lalith Satkunam highlighted about spasticity. He stated that this affects the patient’s quality of life. He said if people are not able to do their daily activities because their muscles are impaired, it will impact society as a whole since it hampers a person’s productivity and this affects the workforce in the long run

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in Mumbai.

“Spasticity is a condition wherein there is tightening of the muscle, this occurs in many neurological conditions like stroke, brain injuries, cerebral palsy. This condition has a significant impact on the patient’s quality of life. It also has an impact on the financial cost of country’s healthcare. Hence the management of plasticity becomes important, so that patients are back to better living conditions,” he said.

Dr Lalith  Satkunam
Dr Lalith Satkunam

He added, “In the current available techniques to treat spasticity, we have many options like offering medications, injections and surgical options and most importantly physical and occupational therapy. The focus of this conference was how to inject an injection effectively and efficiently at the correct spot,” he added.

When asked the ground reality of the situation and what should be done at the government level, he said, “The management is now becoming patient centric in all South Asian countries. This is important as South Asian countries have mulled over this fact for many years. The government should invest more on managing spasticity as it hampers productivity of the person and finally costs society.”