Brain & Stroke Rehabilitation

Dr. Sravani Mehta's educational blog for patients, families and providers
My goal is to educate and increase awareness of the impact of brain disorders and stroke in order to:(1) improve management of functional mobility & dexterity and(2) to improve quality of life for brain injury and stroke survivors.

Spasticity, What Is It? 
Altered Muscle Tone in Brain Injury & Stroke

After stroke or brain injury, you may experience spasticity which is tightness or stiffness in muscle tone, which is often the one of the major limiting factors in recovery of movement.

Spasticity can interfere with arm/hand or leg/foot movement, speech or be associated with discomfort or pain.

Spasticity is a often a treatable condition. Dr. Mehta's tone management program makes independent mobility and dexterity a realistic goal.

Resources about Spasticity

Check out these resources about Spasticity

  • Spasticity Information Page

    What research is being done?

  • Spasticity, What Is It? How It's Treated

    Health care providers consider the severity of spasticity, overall health and other factors

  • [Video] Spasticity after Spinal Cord Injury: 

    The Good, The Bad and The Not-So-Ugly

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Focal Spasticity
There is no set time frame, often occurs shortly after a stroke or brain injury. It may also appears weeks or months later.

When focal spasticity affects your arms, hands, or fingers, it is called upper limb spasticity

When it affects your legs or feet, it is called lower limb spasticity

Life after stroke
There is a significant psychological and emotional impact of brain injury on one's self-image and quality of life.

With stroke, while about half will make a good functional recovery, 15% to 30% of survivors continue to have significant disability at 3 months leaving them dependent on others for activities of daily living (ADLs).

Recovery is very complex and may seem impossible - mood, sleep and motivation are all important factors.

Early rehab MD intervention after stroke is the key to maximizing functional recovery.
Life after stroke

Dr. Sravani Mehta is a medical doctor specializing in the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation also known as a physiatrist
She is a nerve, muscle and bone expert who treats persons to recuperate from injury or disease to enjoy a higher quality of life.

Dr. Mehta is double board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation(ABPMR) in PM&R and Brain Injury Medicine. She practices in Nashville, TN.


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Focal spasticity is a condition in which certain muscles in a single body part (such as the arm or leg) are overactive, causing stiffness or tightness that you may find painful.

This condition can make simple movements and tasks difficult or impossible for you - from butting your shirt to walking without assistance.

When spasticity affects yoru arms, hands, or fingers, it is called upper limb spasticity. When it affects your legs or feet, it is called lower limb spasticity.