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Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler, the actor best known for playing “The Fonz” on TV’s Happy Days, shared the story of his mother’s struggle with upper limb spasticity following her stroke. Winkler made an appearance at the UNC Friday Center in 2012 as part of a special program sponsored by UNC Health Care and the UNC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

See media coverage/links at the end of this article.

Drs. Angela Lipscomb-Hudson and Heather Walker, rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) at UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, lead a discussion of treatment options for upper limb spasticity, which is an uncomfortable muscle stiffness or tightness in the elbow, wrist or fingers.

Upper limb spasticity, often a problem for people who have had strokes, can occur weeks, months or years after a person’s original injury and therefore often is not recognized or goes untreated. Other conditions which can cause spasticity include Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cerebral Palsy.

For more about these conditions and treatments, see our patient services pages. To make an outpatient appointment, call 919.966.8812.

Thanks to Amber Dukes and the Open Arms media team for arranging media coverage!

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