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About the Therapy
Baclofen pumps deliver medication directly to your spinal cord.
For spasticity of spinal origin, chronic infusion of baclofen via a baclofen pump should be reserved for patients unresponsive to oral baclofen or those who experience intolerable side effects at effective doses.
A baclofen pump (ITB therapy) is a precise, targeted therapy proven to reduce severe spasticity caused by spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease.
All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.
Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to baclofen pumps (ITB therapy).
Learn some of the common questions and concerns about how a baclofen pump may help minimise your severe spasticity caused by spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease.
Intrathecal baclofen therapy (ITB) therapy is a treatment that may reduce some of the symptoms of your severe spasciticy.
Depending on your specific condition, a baclofen pump may impact your severe spasticity in different ways. Treatment may be even more effective when used in combination with physical, occupational, or speech therapy.
ITB therapy uses a surgically implanted programmable pump and catheter that delivers medication which helps relieve severe spasticity caused by spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease. This medication is a liquid form of baclofen that goes directly into the intrathecal space where fluid flows around the spinal cord.
Because baclofen is delivered directly to where it’s needed most in the spinal fluid, it relieves spasticity with smaller amounts of medication than when baclofen is taken orally. This method of delivery may help minimise side effects that can result from oral baclofen.
The ITB therapy system consists of:
A baclofen pump system includes a programmable pump and catheter that are surgically placed, usually just under the skin of the abdomen. The system delivers a liquid form of the drug baclofen directly to the fluid around the spinal cord.
Most people report that the pump is not uncomfortable or restrictive, and does not interfere with their movement. Depending on your body type, it may not show at all under regular clothes.
Because the drug is delivered directly to where it is needed in the spinal fluid, only minimal amounts circulate throughout the body in the blood. This helps minimise the possible side effects that can accompany oral baclofen. This pump is only for those who cannot take oral baclofen therapy.
While a baclofen pump (ITB therapy) won’t eliminate the primary source of your condition or cure your disease, it may help you manage your severe spasticity symptoms and might allow you to participate in daily activities that have become difficult or impossible.
Candidates for a baclofen pump (ITB therapy) must:
In addition, healthcare professionals may use the following criteria to determine if you are a candidate for ITB therapy:
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.