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Our clinic combines pediatric expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychology and physical and occupational therapy so we can address all aspects of your child's spasticity and provide the services they need.

We provide comprehensive evaluation and coordinated, ongoing treatment for children and teens who have complex cases of spasticity - a chronic state of tight or stiff muscle tone that interferes with a person's mobility. These symptoms can make dressing, eating, walking 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.

Spasticity is one of the hallmark symptoms of cerebral palsy. It also can result from a stroke, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, anoxic brain damage, severe head injury and some metabolic disorders. 

We coordinate care through all phases of treatment - from medication, leg braces and therapy to surgery and rehabilitation. Neurosurgical procedures like selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pump placement - combined with orthopedic surgery and intensive physical rehabilitation therapy - can improve the quality of life for children with spasticity. 


Contact Spasticity Clinic


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Spasticity Clinic
Akron Children's Hospital Spasticity Clinic
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Christopher Najarian
Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Spasticity Clinic

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Micah Baird, MD

Director, Division of Pediatric Physiatry; Medical Director, Rehabilitation; Pediatric Physiatrist


Kenneth Bono, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon


Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Sheryl Handler-Matasar, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Director, Orthopedic Surgery & Clubfoot Clinic, Mahoning Valley


Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic


Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

Cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, movement disorder, traumatic brain injury

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