Welcome to the Brisbane Hypertonicity Clinic
What is Hypertonicity?
‘Hypertonicity’ is a term used to describe muscles that are stiff and difficult to move, because of brain or spinal cord damage. It is often referred to as ‘increased muscle tone’ and is made up of two components: spasticity and soft tissue stiffness or shortening.
The most common conditions causing hypertonicity include:
At our clinic, each client receives a comprehensive joint assessment undertaken by the Rehabilitation Physician and an Occupational Therapist. Individual goals are discussed to develop a personal management plan which may include:
Ultrasound guidance is used for the botulinum toxin injections which can increase the accuracy of the placement in the muscle and reduce the pain of the injections (when compared with the use of EMG guidance).
Patients who have very high needs or complex problems may be admitted to the Mater South Brisbane under the care of Dr Geffen for intensive multidisciplinary inpatient care.
Management of hypertonicity can help with:
Clinic consultations with the Rehabilitation Physician are bulk-billed. Similarly, medical appointments for admitted patients are 'no gap' billed. Botulinum toxin may attract a cost if the person is not eligible for Medicare or DVA funding (please contact us for more information).
Occupational therapy payment may be via private health insurance, DVA, NDIS or other private funding. The Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP) is also accepted, however there is a gap payment.
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At the Brisbane Hypertonicity Clinic, we believe in working together to help you. We offer the best in Rehabilitation Medicine and Occupational Therapy to assist you in reaching your movement goals.