Is ITB Therapy Right for You?

Since 1992, more than 50,000 people have chosen ITB TherapySM to manage their severe spasticity related to a variety of conditions. Talk to your doctor about a 1-day screening test to see what it may do for you or your loved one.

Eligibility Requirements

Your doctor will consider many important factors to decide if ITB Therapy is right for you.

You may be a candidate for ITB Therapy if you:

  • Have severe spasticity that interferes with your function, care and comfort, or activities of daily living
  • Show a positive response to intrathecal anti-spastic medication in a standard screening test
  • Have sufficient body size to support the pump, which must be implanted 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) or less from the surface of the skin
  • Do not have any infections
  • Are not allergic to the medication used in the pump

In addition, healthcare professionals may use the following criteria to determine if you are a candidate for a pump:

  • You experience severe spasticity or spasms that interfere with function or daily activities
  • Your severe spasticity or spasms interfere with care or positioning

About the Screening Test

A standard screening test determines if ITB Therapy may work for you. During the test, you’ll be screened with a small dose of anti-spastic medication injected into the intrathecal space (where fluid flows around the spinal cord). Some centres use a more extensive trial involving insertion of a temporary catheter that tests the effects of the intrathecal medication over a period of several days.

In clinical studies during the screening test, ITB Therapy reduced spasticity in 97% of people with severe spasticity due to multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury .1

If You Are a Candidate

If your doctor determines you are a candidate for a pump, you will need to make the final decision about whether to pursue the treatment.

Here are some suggestions to help you decide if ITB Therapy is right for you:

Before you meet with your doctor, think about what you hope to learn. Prepare questions, and be ready to provide information about your medical history.

References

  1. Penn RD, Intrathecal Baclofen for Spasticity of Spinal Origin: Seven Years of Experience. J Neurosurg, 1992, 77: 236-240.

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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