Poststroke spasticity: Treating to the disability

Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Preventive Medicine, Danube University Krems, Austria.
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 01/2013; 80(3 Suppl 2):S1-4. DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182762379
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