Integrated Care, Multidisciplinary Approach
Managing the symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP) such as pain, muscle stiffness, and coordination problems can prove challenging. Pediatric patients with CP require a team of medical professionals to oversee all aspects of their care. We collaborate with medical specialists, educators, psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers with years of experience caring for children with CP and addressing their families’ concerns. Through the integrated coordination of care by a multidisciplinary team, patients and their families benefit from enhanced communication and support.
Best Treatment Options for Each Child
Columbia’s orthopedic surgeons are committed to top quality care for patients with cerebral palsy, including surgical and nonsurgical options for foot, leg, hip, and spine problems, and treatment for spasticity to increase mobility, muscle tone, and coordination.
“One of the conditions we find as children with cerebral palsy age into adulthood is increased pain,” says Dr. Hyman. “It is important to consider early interventions such as surgery to help reduce or even prevent future conditions.”
Assessing if surgery can help your child is a very difficult decision and depends on many factors, the most important being quality of life. In 2011, the Columbia Pediatric Orthopedic Research team published a new assessment tool called Assessment of Caregiver Experience with Neuromuscular Disease (ACEND), now used as a standard across the country to assess the quality of life of patients with neuromuscular disorders (including cerebral palsy) and their caregivers. Setting achievable health-related goals and tracking progress over time is vitally important. Our CP experts can help you to formulate a treatment plan that includes reasonable expectations and then monitor how mobility, pain, and other indicators change in response to treatment.