Since he joined Columbia Orthopedics in 2000, Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Associate Director Joshua E. Hyman, MD has been an advocate for treating patients with cerebral palsy. Although CP isn’t progressive, there is a common symptom that could become more prevalent or intensify as patients grow older: chronic pain. Dr. Hyman is discovering ways to ease it.
When EOS Imaging launched its MicroDose feature, or low dose x-ray, for pediatric imaging, Dr. Michael G. Vitale, Ana Lucia Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, was an early adopter and vocal proponent of the new technology. “EOS offers faster imaging, less radiation and a more complete radiographic picture,” Dr. Vitale said.
Most people can reach for a cup of coffee that they are not looking at and successfully bring it to their mouths. But for people with cerebral palsy who have hemiplegia, that proprioceptive skill is missing. They may not reach the cup at all, or if they do grasp it with the involved arm, they may end up tipping the cup over. Moreover, the lack of control on the affected side often gets progressively worse as these patients learn to favor the dominant side. To improve that scenario in hemiplegic children with cerebral palsy, clinical investigators are teaming up with engineers to devise robotic assistance devices to “retrain their brains,” with the goal of enhancing function on the involved side of the body.
The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center was featured in New York-Presbyterian (NYP)’s January 2014 edition of Advances in Orthopedics. Read the complete article here:
David P. Roye, MD, chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital; and Joshua Hyman, MD, associate attending at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and associate professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons were recently recognized as MDx Patients Choice Physicians.