Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a group of chronic disorders impairing control of movement that appear in the first few years of life and generally do not worsen over time. These disorders are caused by faulty development of or damage to motor areas in the brain that disrupt the brain's ability to control movement and posture. Cerebral palsy may be congenital or acquired after birth.

One of the problems associated with cerebral palsy is spasticity.  Spasticity is an abnormal response of muscle that results in contractures (when the hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists become so tight they no longer bend or straighten). The most effective way to treat spasticity is through a multi-disciplinary approach, which consists of participation from many different medical specialties.

The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at the Center for Children

The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at the Center for Children has as its mission to serve, teach, and discover. We use evidence-based treatment methods in order to properly design the best treatment plan for each of our cerebral palsy patients. Our purpose is to:

  1. Improve treatment outcomes
  2. Improve the quality of life of each patient in our care
  3. Assist in keeping all aspects of the patient’s health life in optimal condition
  4. Assist families in accessing the proper resources thus helping alleviate some of the pressures and concerns that come with caring for a child living with a chronic disability

The Hospital for Joint Diseases has a long history of pioneering medical treatments for children with bone and joint disabilities. Our Cerebral Palsy Clinic is led by Dr. Norman Otsuka, MD, Director, Center for Children.  He brings a level of excellence to his diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders by engaging the services of a multidisciplinary team of specialists such as orthotists, child life specialists, nurses, social workers, pain management specialists, and physical/occupational therapists - all under the same roof at the Center for Children.  Members of this multidisciplinary team are on hand at each visit to evaluate and, if necessary, modify the treatment plan of each patient.

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