United Spinal Association Teams Up With Botox Maker Allergan and Actor Henry Winkler to Launch 'Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity' Educational Campaign
NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal
Association has partnered with BOTOX® maker Allergan, Inc.,
actor Henry Winkler, and four national patient advocacy
organizations to educate the public on the low awareness and
under-diagnosis of upper limb spasticity.
Spasticity is a debilitating condition impacting approximately 1
million Americans, many of whom suffer from spasticity in the upper
limbs following a stroke, a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury
or due to disorders such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral
United Spinal Association and the Open Arms Campaign strive to
increase public awareness and help those living with this
debilitating condition find support. At www.OpenArmsCampaign.com,
those affected by upper limb spasticity will learn how to recognize
its symptoms and discover resources to treat the condition.
Allergan and its Open Arms Campaign will be attending United
Spinal's upcoming Independence Expos in New York on June 25th- 26th
and Florida on October 1st -2nd. Campaign spokesperson Henry
Winkler, whose late mother struggled with the condition, without
treatment, for 10 years following a stroke before she passed away,
will be participating in the Florida Expo. United Spinal will be
hosting educational seminars on upper limb spasticity and its
treatment options during both of its Expos. Allergan is also
planning several educational seminars throughout the year hosted in
cities across the country and on the Web.
"United Spinal is proud to support Allergan in its campaign to
educate the public as well as patients on upper limb spasticity,
which affects many of our members and other individuals living with
spinal cord injuries and disorders nationwide," said Paul J. Tobin,
President and CEO of United Spinal Association.
Upper limb spasticity occurs when the brain over-communicates
with the muscles causing them to constantly contract and tighten,
resulting in pain, loss of dexterity, and difficulty walking or
running, as well as other mobility issues. The condition can hinder
a person's ability to perform many everyday activities, such as
getting dressed, hygiene, and eating.
One of the campaign's primary goals is to address the delay in
diagnosis of many individuals with upper limb spasticity who
experience its onset weeks, months, or even years after their
original injury--after they are discharged from the hospital and
are no longer seeing specialists familiar with its symptoms.
Other partners in Allergan's campaign include National Stroke
Association, Brain Injury Association of America, National Spinal
Cord Injury Association, and United Cerebral Palsy.
Allergan recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) for its drug BOTOX®, to treat upper limb
spasticity in people 18 years and older. The medication is
administered through an injection into the muscles and used to
alleviate increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger
About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit membership
organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated
to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord
injuries, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post polio. It
has played a significant role in writing the Americans with
Disabilities Act, made important contributions to the Fair Housing
Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free
and is open to all individuals with spinal cord disorders.
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Source: United Spinal Association
Posted: June 2010