What Is ITB Therapy?

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ITB TherapySM is a treatment that may relieve some of the symptoms of severe spasticity. Since 1992, more than 50,000 people worldwide have chosen ITB Therapy using a Medtronic programmable pump system to manage severe spasticity related to a variety of conditions.

Depending on your specific condition, ITB Therapy may impact your severe spasticity in different ways. Treatment may be even more effective when used in combination with physical, occupational, or speech therapy.


Detail: Pump and catheter placement

How ITB Therapy Treats Severe Spasticity Caused by Stroke

ITB Therapy uses a surgically implanted programmable pump and catheter that delivers anti-spastic medication which helps relieve severe spasticity caused by stroke. This medication is delivered by the Medtronic pump directly into the intrathecal space where fluid flows around the spinal cord.

Because the anti-spastic medication is delivered directly to where it’s needed most in the spinal fluid, it relieves spasticity with smaller amounts of medication than when the same medication is taken orally. This method of delivery may help minimise side effects that can result from oral anti-spastic medication.

Therapy Components

The ITB Therapy system consists of:

  • Pump – a surgically placed, battery-powered programmable pump with a reservoir infuses the anti-spastic medication at a programmed rate via the catheter
  • Catheter – a flexible silicone tube delivers medication from the pump to your body

Safety Information

Safety information concerning ITB TherapySM

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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