The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) SCI Forum presents the video and report on Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy for Spasticity. The video discusses what intrathecal baclofen therapy is and how it fits into the spectrum of spasticity management options for individuals with spinal cord injury. In this SCI Forum, Rina Reyes, MD, Medical Director, UW Medicine SCI Rehabilitation Program and Assistant Professor, UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, provides in-depth information about when to consider an implanted, programmable baclofen pump for spasticity management; the process of being evaluated for this treatment; the potential advantages, limitations, and drawbacks to the pump; and requirements to maintain a baclofen pump. In addition, a panel of individuals (two with spinal cord injury and one with MS) who have implanted baclofen pumps discuss their reasons for choosing the device and what the experience has been like for them.
To watch the video and/or read the report please visit sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/intrathecal_baclofen.asp. To view other forum videos please visit sci.washington.edu/info/forums/forum_videos.asp.
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