Akron Children's Spasticity Program provides evaluation and treatment for children and teens with spasticity and other neuromuscular difficulties. Read More...
Akron Children’s Hospital’s comprehensive Spasticity Clinic provides evaluation, treatment and coordinated, ongoing care to children and teens who have complex cases of spasticity that may be difficult to treat.
Spasticity is a chronic state of tight or stiff muscle tone that interferes with a patient’s mobility. It can result from a stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, anoxic brain damage, severe head injury and some metabolic disorders. Spasticity is also one of the hallmark symptoms of cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of spasticity include:
These symptoms can make dressing, eating and other everyday activities very difficult for patients and caregivers, and can interfere with speech. Severe, long-term spasticity may also lead to muscle contracture, causing joints to bend at a fixed position.
The monthly clinic features a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists, including pediatric physiatrists (doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation) along with subspecialists and allied health professionals from neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical and occupational therapy, and social work.
These specialists address all aspects of a child’s spasticity and to provide all the services the child may need in one convenient location. Care is coordinated through all phases of treatment, from medication, leg braces and therapy to surgery and rehabilitation.
During your child's first appointment with our spasticity clinic, our team will evaluate your child’s condition and develop a treatment plan to meet his specific needs. We will review your child’s:
The spasticity clinic provides the most up-to-date treatment options for treating complex cases of spasticity including botox injections, alcohol nerve blocks, oral medications, leg braces and other devices. For many patients, surgical interventions may also be effective, including:
Physical and occupational therapy can help improve a patient’s mobility and ability to perform everyday tasks. Rehabilitation following surgery is also an important aspect of treatment and is coordinated through the spasticity clinic to ensure optimal recovery. In addition to traditional outpatient therapy services, Akron Children’s offers an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and a Day Rehabilitation Program to provide intensive therapy and rehabilitation.
Our team also includes a pediatric psychologist who assesses the child’s emotional readiness and motivation to participate in ongoing therapy, while supporting the patient family throughout the treatment process
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