Botox is frequently used for spasticity after spinal cord injury or stroke. In this study we examine the effect of botox on spasticity, and we test a new, objective method to measure spasticity.

Botox is frequently used for spasticity, but it is still unclear how exactly it works. Furthermore, at this moment we can only measure spasticity through physical tests by a physician or therapist. The TU Enschede has developed a testing chair with an automatic footplate, that can excite spasms around the ankle and measure it as well.


In this study, 10 volunteers with spasm after spinal cord injury or stroke are measured, both by a physical therapist and the testing chair. Measurements take place just befor their botox treatment, 6 weeks later and 12 weeks later. The results are compared between the measurement methods and the measurement moments.

Within this project we cooperate with:

  • Ronald van ’t Veld, MSc, TU Enschede.
  • Edwin van Asseldonk, PhD, TU Enschede
  • Dr. Marije Vos-Van der hulst, Revalidatiearts