2021.04.15 – Understanding and Managing Spasticity after Brain Injury (Recorded Webinar)

A Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers recorded webinar featuring Laura Wiggs, PT, NCS, CBIS.

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Aired live April 15, 2021.

What is spasticity, and how can it impact individuals with brain injury? This session will cover the potential physical impacts of spasticity, along with internal and external factors that can cause an increase in spasticity.

In this Carolyn Rocchio Caregivers webinar Laura Wiggs discusses the importance of different physical therapy interventions to help manage spasticity as well as medical management considerations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define spasticity as it relates to brain injury.
  2. Identify at least four factors that increase spasticity.
  3. Identify three consequences of spasticity.
  4. Explore three preventative interventions.
  5.  Identify three medical management options for spasticity.

This webinar does not include ACBIS CEUs.


Laura Wiggs received a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas in August 1991. Prior to joining the Harris Health System team, she helped develop the clinical program for Mentis Neuro Health, and oversaw the quality of the clinical programs from 2007 - 2017. She also worked as a physical therapist at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Challenge Program from June 2002 until May 2007. She also served as clinical assistant manager and physical therapy supervisor for the Brain Injury Team during her time at TIRR beginning in 1992. Laura started her career in neuro at UTMB Hospital in 1991.

Laura is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a certified brain injury specialist and is NDT certified. Her professional activities include committee membership in the Texas Physical Therapy Association as well as membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and APTA Neurology Section.