Spasticity is a muscle control disorder that involves tight or stiff muscles that can’t be controlled. Spasticity affects nearly 80 percent of people with cerebral palsy. Spasticity can prevent normal muscle movement and make it harder for a child’s bones and muscles to grow. It can also make it more difficult for children to move their bodies. Some children may experience issues with their posture. Spasticity can lead to other conditions such as contractures, joint deformity and scoliosis, among others.
Spasticity treatment options
Our multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic can evaluate whether surgery is the right treatment for your child. For patients who are good candidates, surgery can help children regain control and use of their legs.
A clinic visit will allow your child to be seen by doctors who specialize in child neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric rehab medicine, pediatric orthopedics, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists. After the visit, a recommendation will be made regarding your child’s candidacy for surgery. Going to the Spasticity Clinic does not commit your child to surgery, but it is the first step in the process.
If your child has surgery, it will be performed by a neurosurgeon.
Call to schedule an appointment for the Spasticity Clinic:
Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies
982 Eastern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40217
The clinic is held once a month, and there is a waiting list. If you need to cancel, please call as soon as you can so we can fill the appointment spot.
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