Spasticity Clinic

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

Spasticity Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic involving Rehabilitation Consultant, Physiotherapist, and Occupational Therapist. Spasticity can affect a person’s upper or lower limbs and this may impact on their functional ability, hygiene, ease of dressing, or cause pain.

What can I expect from the service?

Clients undergo a comprehensive assessment and recommendations are made regarding the management of spasticity. Where clinically indicated, botulinum toxin may be injected into the upper and or lower limbs to assist with achieving therapy goals.

The Spasticity Clinic is held at Broadmeadows campus once a month on Thursday mornings.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Please bring a list of current medications, relevant scans or results.

 How much does it cost?

  • No cost for attending the Rehabilitation Medical Clinic.
  • If client is referred onto additional Community Therapy Services, there may be a fee incurred of $5-10 per visit.
  • If client is ineligible for Medicare the referral for the service will need to be reviewed by management

Contact us

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                8405-8616

Email:           CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

 Service/Clinic overview

The Spasticity Clinic is a multidisciplinary clinic involving Rehabilitation Consultant, Physiotherapist, and Occupational Therapist. Clients are assessed and recommendations are made around the management of spasticity and where appropriate botulinum toxin may be injected into the upper and or lower limbs.

What can be provided?

Clients undergo a comprehensive assessment and recommendations are made regarding the management of spasticity. Where clinically indicated, botulinum toxin may be injected into the upper and or lower limbs to assist with achieving therapy goals.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Increased tone in upper and or lower limbs affecting function
  • Where carer is unable to maintain hand hygiene due to tone increasing carer burden
  • Pain upper limb or lower limb
  • Increased difficulty with splint regime
  • Lives in Northern Health Community Therapy Services catchment

Exclusion criteria:

  • Clients who will not commit or lack motivation to attend regular therapy, complete a home exercise program and splinting regime post injection to maximise benefit
  • People who have accessed Botox/dysport injections extensively through other health services

 How to Refer:

Referral must be from GP or Consultant/Specialist. Referral must include:

  • Past medical history including Psychiatric history.
  • Current presenting issues
  • List of current medications.
  • Results of all relevant current pathology and radiology
  • Referring Doctor’s provider number

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                8405-8616

Email:           CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au

Alternative service options:

  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Spasticity clinic