Cerebral Palsy & Spasticity

St. Christopher’s Spasticity Clinic, a multidisciplinary care center that includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and a gait laboratory bioengineer, is uniquely prepared to assess and treat your child’s individual needs.

Spasticity is a term that refers to the stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms that are often a result of cerebral palsy, brain trauma or spinal cord injury. Spasticity can be controlled with appropriate physical and occupational therapy interventions, bracing and seating, and appropriate medications. Neurosurgical procedures that are effective in spasticity control include insertion of a baclofen pump and dorsal rhizotomy.

Orthopedic surgery monitoring involves the prevention or relief of soft tissue contractures of the upper or lower extremities and monitoring for hip instability and the development of spinal deformity. The surgical relief of contractures, hip instability or progressive spinal deformity is frequently provided by the orthopedic staff.

The Motion Analysis Laboratory allows the evaluation of complex motion disorders (such as problems with walking), aids in the pre-operative assessment of specific surgical procedures and allows objective measurement of efficacy of surgical and nonsurgical interventions.

While complex problems involving spasticity control are addressed with the multidisciplinary team at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, the majority of children may be evaluated and followed by the orthopedic staff at any of our satellite offices.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 427-3131.