Physiatry & Cerebral Palsy

Multi-Disciplinary Rehabilitation Services at WTMF in Fremont, CA

Cerebral palsy is a congenital condition marked by loss of muscle coordination and other symptoms. This term actually describes several disorders, all of which affect how a patient moves. Cerebral palsy often presents a significant physical disability, and is typically caused by brain damage occurring prior to birth. Symptoms will be present by a child’s developing years.

Rehabilitation Services & Spasticity Treatment

A physiatrist can serve an important role in a cerebral palsy patient’s care. Spasticity is a symptom or complication experienced by numerous injuries and illnesses, including cerebral palsy. Doctors of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) may treat spasticity with several treatment options.

These treatment options include:

  • Oral anti-spasticity agents
  • Botulin toxin injections
  • Phenol injections
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump management

A patient with cerebral palsy may benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation that includes the support and care of numerous professionals including orthopedists, physical therapists, speech therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and doctors of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatrists. Learn more about physiatry at Washington Township Medical Foundation in Fremont.