Spasticity is a disorder of the central nervous system often present in children with cerebral palsy or an acquired brain injury. It causes muscles to tighten and interferes with movement.
A Care Team
For many children and their families, dealing with spasticity requires numerous hospital visits with various doctors. La Rabida’s approach to spasticity management enables the patient and family to meet with a pediatric physiatrist (a physician who specializes in the care of children with disabilities), a clinical nurse specialist, and a physical therapist in a single visit. Together, this team works to develop the best and most comprehensive plan for your child.
The treatment plan may include physical and/or occupational therapy, serial casting, oral medication or botox injections. The team may refer the child for placement of an intrathecal Baclofen pump or other tone-reducing surgery, and will evaluate the need for orthopedic interventions with rehabilitative follow-up options. Because each patient’s needs are unique, all treatment plans are customized.
Components of Our Spasticity Management Evaluation
- A comprehensive evaluation by a physician
- A nursing assessment
- Assessment of range of motion, spasticity and functional gross motor skills
Patients can be evaluated at La Rabida’s weekly Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic. Patients who need therapy to help manage their spasticity can be referred to La Rabida’s therapy department.
For more information about the Spasticity Management Clinic, call 773.256.5756.