MANKATO — Henry Winkler, best known for his role as “The Fonz” on" Happy Days," will be in Mankato to discuss a medical condition called upper limb spasticity.
The actor and author will share his personal story about his late mother’s struggle with upper limb spasticity at 3 p.m. Friday at the Madison East Center’s main corridor.
Mankato Clinic neurologist Lisa Davidson also will be leading a discussion on understanding upper limb spasticity at this event.
Often described as uncomfortable muscle stiffness or tightness in the elbow, wrist or fingers, upper limb spasticity is a debilitating condition that impacts a person’s life.
Upper limb spasticity is severely under-recognized and undertreated because it can occur weeks, months or even years after the person’s original injury — after discharge from the hospital or when patients are no longer seeing specialists familiar with and specifically trained to treat the condition.
Winkler and a coalition of nine national patient advocacy groups are promoting the “Open Arms Campaign: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity.”