What Is ITB Therapy?

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ITB TherapySM is a treatment utilizing an implantable drug pump from Medtronic that may relieve some of the symptoms of your severe spasticity. Since 1992, more than 50,000 people worldwide have chosen a Medtronic pump to manage their severe spasticity related to a variety of conditions.

Depending on your specific condition, ITB Therapy may impact your severe spasticity in different ways. Treatment may be even more effective when used in combination with physical, occupational, or speech therapy.

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Detail - Pump and catheter placement

How ITB Therapy Treats Severe Spasticity Caused by Spinal Cord Injury or Spinal Cord Disease

ITB Therapy uses a surgically implanted programmable pump and catheter that delivers medication which helps relieve severe spasticity caused by spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease. This medication goes directly into the intrathecal space where fluid flows around the spinal cord.

Because the medication is delivered directly to where it’s needed most in the spinal fluid, it relieves spasticity with smaller amounts of medication than when it is taken orally. This method of delivery may help minimize side effects that can result from oral anti-spastic medication.

Therapy Components

The ITB Therapy system consists of:

  • Pump – a surgically placed, battery-powered programmable pump with a reservoir infuses the drug at a programmed rate via the catheter
  • Catheter – a flexible silicone tube delivers medication from the pump to your body

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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