Annual Assembly

Optimizing Outcomes for Patients With Spasticity: Improving Assessment and Maximizing Intervention Options


Wednesday, October 11
8 am-5 pm

Course Directors: Andrea P. Toomer, MD, FAAPMR and Thomas K. Watanabe, MD, FAAPMR

Faculty: Katharine E. Alter, MD, FAAPMR; Franklin S. Domingo, MD; Reza Farid, MD, FAAPMR; John S. Harrell, MD, FAAPMR; Cindy Ivanhoe, MD, FAAPMR; John R. McGuire, MD, FAAPMR; Daniel K. Moon, MD, FAAPMR; Michael C. Munin, MD, FAAPMR; Atul T. Patel, MD, MHSA, FAAPMR; Michael F. Saulino, MD, PhD, FAAPMR; Joe Urqidez, MD, FAAPMR

This full-day course is designed for clinicians who may have experience with some of the interventional skills and treatment options related to management of the upper motor neuron syndrome. The course will focus on appropriate assessment and treatment planning, hands-on skills to enhance interventions (including botulinum toxin, nerve blocks and intrathecal baclofen including ultrasound, EMG and electrical stimulation guidance), and information on developing a spasticity management program. Attendees will hear from expert clinicians who will share their technical skills and clinical experiences. Faculty will lead participants through a series of hands-on training to improve technical skills needed to understand all of the treatment options for patients with spasticity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the assessment, goal-setting and development an individualized treatment plan for a patient with spasticity.
  • Describe the roles of different treatment options for patients with spasticity.
  • Identify and utilize anatomical landmarks to aid in electrical stimulation for performing nerve blocks.
  • Demonstrate the use of EMG and electrical stimulation to guide focal chemodenervation injections.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and manage common difficulties associated with intrathecal baclofen pumps.
  • Outline a plan to develop a spasticity program.


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and topics subject to change.