Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)

Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia is a diagnosis which covers a range of rare genetic disorders. The main symptoms are stiffness (spasticity) and/or paralysis in the lower limbs. HSP causes degeneration of the upper motor neurons within the brain and spinal cord.

How PhysioFunction Can Help?

Our Neurological Physiotherapists help clients with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) by undertaking the following

  • Spasticity Management – managing the stiffness our clients experience

Below are some of the Neurological Physiotherapy approaches which may be used by the physiotherapist:

    • Stretches – by preventing a muscle getting short or tight this can reduced the spasms and spasticity within the muscle.
    • Splinting – By using splints, our Neurological Physiotherapists can stretch the muscle for longer periods of time. This can lead to better results when compared to stretches you do by yourself, especially for very tight or stiff muscles.
    • Muscle Stimulation – Physiotherapists can deliver a small electric current to the muscle (or opposite muscle group) to help switch the muscle on more appropriately or help to switch it off. By asking the muscle to work as it naturally should it can help reduce the spasms.
    • Exercises – asking the muscles to do what they are designed to in the correct movement patterns is helpful at reducing and managing spasticity.
    • Posture Management – Posture is key. By putting the right muscle in the right place to do the right job is the essence of posture management and consequently spasticity management.
    • Medication – Our Neurological Physiotherapists are happy to work closely with the doctors and other health professionals to help monitor how effective the medications are.
    • Gait Training – A combination of spasticity management and exercises will improve your walking. However, some of our clients may need a little more help and our specially trained Neurological Physiotherapists may look at a treatment approach called Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), which can make walking significantly easier and less effortful.
    • Pain Management –Whether you experience pain as a direct result of your HSP or because of the altered ways of moving, Neurological Physiotherapy can help manage the pain. We may use treatment approaches mentioned above, including stretches, massage, facilitation, movement re-education or the use of electrotherapy devices called a TENS machine.

To find out more about our services or how we can help you, please contact PhysioFunction or call 0800 043 0327