Medtronic Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy
Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy can be used for severe spasticity. Severe spasticity consists of stiff and tight muscles which make movement of your arms, legs and body difficult. Pain, spasms and disability can also be contributed from spasticity. Spasticity is often related to disorders such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury and spinal cord injury. When spasticity disrupts your way of life such as daily activities, caregiving, and sleep patterns, it is known as severe spasticity.
For some people, oral medications, injections, physical and occupational therapy can control their spasticity, but for others those treatments are not enough.
Intrathecal baclofen therapy can be considered if :
Other treatments do not provide sufficient relief
You suffered from a traumatic brain injury at least one year prior
You are struggling with drug side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, weakness, and nausea.
Baclofen is a muscle relaxer which is commonly used as a medication for spasticity. The SynchroMed^TM II drug pump is a small, battery –powered device delivers a precise amount of Lioresal ® Intrathecal (which is the liquid form of baclofen) directly into the fluid which is located intrathecal space that surrounds the spinal cord. The baclofen pump is programmed to release a certain amount of medicine to the fluid surrounding the spine through as thin flexible catheter at a specific time for the patient. Since the baclofen pump delivers baclofen directly to the spinal fluid, you need less, which may help minimize some the possible side effects that may accompany oral baclofen.