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Pediatric Spasticity Clinic

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Overview

Our clinic combines pediatric expertise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and physical and occupational therapy so we can address all aspects of your child's spasticity and provide the services he needs at the same time, in the same place.

Specialized focus.

We provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment and coordinated, ongoing care to children and teens who have complex cases of spasticity that may be difficult to treat. We coordinate care through all phases of treatment - from medication, leg braces and therapy to surgery and rehabilitation. 

Symptoms of spasticity.

Spasticity is a chronic state of tight or stiff muscle tone that interferes with a person's mobility. It's 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. 

Symptoms of spasticity include:

  • Exaggerated deep tendon reflexes (knee-jerk reflexes)
  • Scissoring (when the legs are turned inward and crossed at the knees)
  • Repetitive jerky motions
  • Unusual posturing
  • Carrying the shoulder, arm, wrist and fingers at an abnormal angle

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.

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 cerebral palsy. 

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Spasticity Clinic

330-543-8050

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Spasticity Clinic
Akron Children's Hospital
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 4400
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Christopher Najarian
Christopher Najarian, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist: Director, Spasticity Clinic; Co-Director, Myelodysplasia Clinic

Micah Baird
Micah Baird, MD

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

Kenneth Bono
Kenneth Bono, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Tsulee Chen
Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Sheryl Handler-Matasar
Sheryl Handler-Matasar, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Kathryn Mosher
Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

Nicole Swain
Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

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