Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is defined as a nonprogressive abnormality in the central nervous system (CNS) that is present during infancy and early childhood.   The abnormality can be due to either a problem with development of or an injury to the CNS. This abnormality commonly results in a movement disorder that is expressed in a variety of forms that range from mild incoordination to muscle stiffness and disordered, uncontrolled movements in the trunk and limbs.  The muscle stiffness over time can result in muscle contraction (scarring with loss in ability to stretch), deformities in bone growth and dislocation of bone joints.

The specialists at Function have an expertise in the treatments for the conditions seen in children and adults with cerebral palsy.  After an evaluation they will devise a coordinated treatment plan.  Treatments considered include:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Orthotics and other assistive devices
  • Muscle and nerve injections (BOTOX, phenol and alcohol)
  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Selective neurectomy
  • Intrathecal baclofen via pump
  • Tendon lengthening
  • Tendon transfer
  • Joint reconstruction and joint fusion
  • Spinal fusions
  • Osteotomies
  • Patella reconstruction
  • Femoral head resection
  • Urological assessment (ultrasonic evaluation of voiding, uroflowetry and cystometry)

Contact Function: A Collaborative Program for Chronic Disability

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