Modified and validated instruments for assessing spasticity in people with spinal cord injuries

Takeaway

  • The modified version of the Spinal Cord Injury – Spasticity Evaluation Tool (SCI-SET) instrument allows the measurement of positive and negative effects of spasticity. The modified Patient-Reported Impact of Spasticity Measure (PRISM) instrument allows distinguishing of spasticity in different quality-of-life domains.

Why this matters

  • Spasticity is a prevalent secondary health condition that occurs in more than 75% of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) in the first year of injury, lowering the quality of life and function.

  • Validated and reliable instruments for spasticity assessment are essential for understanding its impact and effects, which can influence treatment decisions.