Module 1 – Assessing Spasticity and Functional Consequences

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Supported by an educational grant from Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Release date: March 1, 2017

Valid through: March 1, 2018

Media: Internet

Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 30 minutes

Intended Audience

This initiative is intended for physiatrists, neurologists, orthopedists, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers who treat patients with spasticity.


Effective treatment of patients with spasticity as a result of upper motor neuron syndrome due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy (CP) begins with early, accurate assessment. In this roundtable discussion, adult and pediatric clinical evaluation of spasticity is discussed, including the relationship between spasticity and contracture, active and passive function, quality of life, and the use of various assessment scales. In addition, the progressive nature of CP’s manifestations and the resulting impacts on function over a lifetime are considered.


The goal of this activity is to provide physiatrists, neurologists, orthopedists, pediatricians, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with spasticity with the most up-to-date clinical knowledge and strategies for the optimal assessment of these patients.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • IDENTIFY strategies to improve the assessment of spasticity, recognizing its impact on passive function, active function, quality of life, and treatment outcomes.
  • DISCUSS the importance of early diagnosis and treatment in preventing permanent deformities and further functional deterioration.
  • DETERMINE appropriate assessment measures for spasticity according to an individual patient’s needs and goals.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.


Katharine E. Alter, MD (Course Director)

Pediatric/Adult Physiatrist
Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation
AT Still University
Mesa, Arizona

Mauricio R. Delgado, MD, FAAN, FRCPC

Professor of Neurology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Director of Pediatric Neurology and Neurorehabilitation
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Dallas, Texas

Alberto Esquenazi, MD

John Otto Haas Professor and Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director, Sheerr Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory
MossRehab, Einstein Healthcare Network
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented by Dannemiller and ASiM. In support of improving patient care, Dannemiller is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Dannemiller designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Dannemiller requires that any person who is in a position to control the content of a CME activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with a commercial interest.

The following faculty member has stated that she has no financial relationships with commercial interests: Katherine E. Alter, MD.

The following faculty members have financial relationships with commercial interests:
Dr Delgado reports serving as an investigator for Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Dr Esquenazi reports serving as an investigator for Allergan Inc and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc; and serving as a consultant to/on an advisory board for Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Bernard Abrams, MD, Independent Reviewer; Jennifer Hodge, Assistant Director Medical Education, Dannemiller; Lou Settembrino, Vice President, ASiM; Mary Camillo, Director, Department of Fulfillment Services, ASiM; Cathy Zehr, Director, Logistical Services, ASiM; Chris Ohnsman, MD, Medical Director; and, Lisa Mangione, Senior Editor, Department of Fulfillment Services, ASiM have no financial relationships with commercial interests.

To resolve identified/potential conflicts of interest, the educational content was fully reviewed by a member of the Dannemiller Clinical Content Review Committee who has nothing to disclose. The resulting certified activity was found to provide educational content that is current, evidence based and commercially balanced.

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Off-Label Statement

Off label statement provided: This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by FDA. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Further, attendees/participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.


The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Dannemiller, ASiM, and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. This material is prepared based upon a review of multiple sources of information, but it is not exhaustive of the subject matter. Therefore, healthcare professionals and other individuals should review and consider other publications and materials on the subject matter before relying solely upon the information contained within this educational activity.

Method of Participation

Participants should first read the objectives and other introductory CME information and then proceed to the educational activity. To receive credit for this activity, participants should log into the activity, complete the preassessment, review and complete the enduring web-based activity, and complete the postassessment and evaluation in order to receive credit. Credit is provided through January 31, 2018. No credit will be given after this date. There is no fee to participate in this activity.

This program consists of video and slides synced with voiceover audio along with interactive questions.

In the event you have questions about this activity or are unable to retrieve the certificate, please e-mail and a certificate will be emailed within 2 weeks.

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Assessing Spasticity and Functional Consequences
Mauricio R. Delgado, MD, FAAN, FRCPC, and Alberto Esquenazi, MD

Postassessment and Evaluation