PVAMC / OHSU J: Developing and Testing a Comprehensive MS Spasticity Management Program

Principal Investigator

Lucinda Hugos

Study Purpose

The purpose of this study is to learn if providing educational materials and instructions on stretching exercises may help muscle stiffness and spasms (also called spasticity) related to multiple sclerosis (MS). Participants will receive educational booklets and may be asked to attend to classes to learn proper stretching techniques. Study participants will also be asked to track their exercise throughout the study.

Medical Condition(s)

Muscle stiffness and spasms (also called spasticity) related to MS

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion criteria
• A diagnosis of MS
• At least 18 years of age
• Able to walk 25 feet independently with any common assistive devices
• Experiencing spasticity
• Have an email account and be familiar with using it

Exclusion criteria
• Current untreated substance abuse, severe psychiatric disorder or any significant uncontrolled medical or mental condition that would limit participation

Age Range

18 - 99

Healthy Volunteers Needed


Duration of Participation

Participate in up to 4 study visits, for 2 hours at a time, within a 5-1/2 month period.

Minors Included



Kristina Wick, MPH
Research Coordinator
Portland VA Medical Center
Office: 503-220-8262 ext. 51717


VA ORD, RR&D, Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research (SPiRE)

Recruitment End


Compensation Provided



You will be compensated $100 for each completed visit (up to a total of $400) for your time and travel if you qualify. You may also be provided a yoga mat and strap.

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