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

Principal Investigator

Lucinda Hugos

Study Purpose

This is a study to determine the impact of a complete education and management program for MS-related spasticity. Subjects will be filmed demonstrating stretching exercises, and the footage used to create a DVD to teach stretching to ambulatory people with MS-related lower extremity spasticity. The study will evaluate the acceptance and efficacy of the complete program using a randomized controlled pilot trial.

Medical Condition(s)

Lower extremity spasticity related to Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion criteria
• A diagnosis of definite MS by 2010 updated McDonald Criteria 5
• At least 18 years of age
• Able to walk 25 feet independently with common assistive devices
• Presence of spasticity identified by referring provider that is interfering with daily activities
• Fluent in English

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

Age Range

18 - 99

Healthy Volunteers Needed


Duration of Participation

3 months + 1 week

Minors Included



Kristina Wick, MPH
Research Coordinator
Portland VA Medical Center
Office: 503-220-8262 ext. 52338


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

Recruitment End


Compensation Provided



Subjects will be compensated for time and travel up to $300 depending on which study activities are completed.

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