Contractures are common in neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and stroke. However, population-based estimates of the prevalence of muscle contractures, including in multiple sclerosis, are not available. In addition, current non-invasive treatments of contractures are suboptimal. Therefore, this initial study aims to estimate the prevalence of muscle contractures among people with multiple sclerosis and identify associations between contractures, spasticity and strength and key risk factors. This project will then lead to more in depth studies to investigate the effects of a novel intervention, eccentric exercise, designed to treat muscle contractures in people with multiple sclerosis.
Updated: 05 January, 2009