Spasticity Management in Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Interdisciplinary Strategies


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Spasticity can be a challenge in the rehab setting and can negatively impact outcomes and function. This free interactive event, including a formal presentation and time for open discussion, will provide an overview of spasticity in rehabilitation including patient implications and different treatment options to improve quality of life. Engage with members from an interdisciplinary team including a physician, rehabilitation nurse, occupational therapist and physical therapist. Bring your questions to the expert panel for a live discussion and sharing session.

After participating in this activity, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the types of patients who develop spasticity, the causes of spasticity, and the adverse effects of spasticity on functionality
  • Identify interdisciplinary management within the rehabilitation setting
  • Identify multiple treatment options based on patient severity and functionality and risks for complications

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
2-3:15 PM ET/1-2:15 PM CT


meg canaleMeg Canale, PT DPT NCS
Acquired Brain Injury Physical Therapist
Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA




kathryn farrisKathryn Farris, OTR/L
ABI Therapy Education Coordinator
Acquired Brain Injury Program
Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA




christina marciniakChristina Marciniak MD
Attending Physician, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University, Feinberg Medical School
Chicago IL




beverly tannBeverly Tann, BSN RN CRRN
Outpatient RN Pediatric/Adolescent Clinic
Shirley Ryan Abilitylab
Chicago, IL







1.5 Contact Hours

Accreditation Information

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse managers, educators, case managers, nurse techs, PPS coordinators, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and any other team member in settings including Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs).

Supporter Information

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

For questions regarding this event, call 800.229.7530.

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