Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
An intrathecal baclofen (ITB) pump is a device that’s surgically implanted to deliver baclofen medication directly into spinal fluid.
ITB therapy helps reduce spasticity by allowing muscles to relax—it’s a treatment to relieve spasms, reduce abnormal movements and improve motor function. ITB therapy might help your child by:
- Increasing comfort.
- Reducing pain.
- Making it easier to change positions.
- Making it more comfortable to wear braces.
- Making it easier to manage self-care activities, such as getting dressed and grooming.
Because baclofen is administered directly into the spinal fluid (this is also known as intrathecally), your child will need a smaller dose than if they took the oral form of the medication. Using smaller doses lowers the risk of side effects, such as drowsiness.