Cerebral Palsy and Other Neuromuscular Disorders
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of the central nervous system present in some children born prematurely or with an acquired brain injury. It causes muscles to tighten, interferes with movement and causes spasticity.
A Care Team
For many children and their families, dealing with CP requires numerous hospital visits with various doctors. La Rabida’s CPPC Clinic enables the patient and family to meet with a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in rehabilitation), a clinical nurse specialist, physical therapist, registered dietician, social worker and Primary Care Physician 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, oral medication or botox injections. The team may refer the child for placement of a 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 Cerebral Palsy/Primary Care Evaluation
- A comprehensive medical history and examination
- A nursing assessment
- A range of motion, spasticity and functional gross motor skills assessment
- A review of the Early Intervention or School Rehabilitation program
- Assessment of the school-aged child’s Individualized Education Plan
The clinic sees patients on the fourth Monday of each month. Before being referred, patients must be established as a La Rabida Primary Care patient and be evaluated at La Rabida’s weekly Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic.
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For more information about the CPPC Clinic, call 773.256.5756.
For More Information
View the Cerebral Palsy Information Sheet.