Cerebral Palsy

Our pediatric cerebral palsy program combines the expertise of neurologists, neurosurgeons, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians and others to provide your family with the kind of therapy, medications and treatment that will make it easier for your child to enjoy activities at home, at school and in the community.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common disorders. It affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Typically, cerebral palsy isn’t curable, but the symptoms can be managed. Our team will stay with your family to accommodate your child’s growing and changing needs. Early diagnosis and treatment can help improve the quality of your child’s life significantly.

Our Advanced Management of Pediatric Spasticity Program is a collaborative partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Treatments for Pediatric Cerebral Palsy

Following a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of cerebral palsy, we will assemble a team of health care experts to work with your child and your family. In addition to neurologists, this team could include neurosurgeons, orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, social workers, care coordinators and dietitians. Together we offer:

  • Therapeutic early intervention
  • Assistive technology program
  • Equipment assessment, recommendation and provision
  • School transition planning
  • Support on obtaining community services
  • Cognitive evaluation for school planning
  • Clinical trials and other research opportunities

We take a clinic approach to care for children who have cerebral palsy. Primary treatment is managed by physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors. Our multidisciplinary team conferences bring together medical specialists to determine the best methods to support each patient.

Spasticity Management
Our Advanced Management of Pediatric Spasticity Program is a collaborative partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dorsal Rhizotomy 
This surgical option reduces spasticity, specifically in the legs, for children who are unable to walk. The procedure cuts nerves that are part of the spasticity reflex to reduce leg muscle tension. Rehabilitation is required right after for the best outcome.