The Spasticity Clinic at Cook Children's treats children, teens and young adults dealing with movement disorders (tremors, dystonia, muscle spasms, etc.).
At each visit patients see their neurologist and a pediatric team that includes an orthotist/prosthetist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and social worker, all working together to provide a complete treatment plan. Patients undergo a comprehensive evaluation and discuss treatment options that may improve their quality of life through improved movement.
Pediatric movement disorders are diagnosed through physical examination of the patient, clinical examination of the child's history and symptoms, neuroimaging and laboratory studies, which may include genetic testing.
- Abnormal gait
- Abnormal muscle tone
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hypertonia and hypotonia
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Muscle weakness
- Tardive dyskinesia
- Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders
- Tremor and essential tremor
- Juvenile Parkinson's disease
Because movement disorders are complex, we use a team approach to treating our patients. This may include biofeedback specialists, physical, speech and occupational therapists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, Child Life specialists and social workers. The team works together to improve movement and restore quality to the patient's daily life. The types of treatment we provide will depend on your child's particular diagnosis and needs, and may include any of the following:
- Oral medications
- Intrathecal Baclofen
- Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Psychological and psychiatric counseling when needed
- Neuropsychological testing
- Referral for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery when indicated
- Activa® Dystonia Therapy
- Gablofen® (baclofen injection) 3 mg/ml – study to assess the safety of the 3 mg/ml Gablofen® delivered intrathecal administration using the synchromed® II programmable infusion system. (Study identifier NCT01520545)
A description of this or any other clinical trial is available onhttp://www.ClinicalTrials.gov, as required by United States Law. You can search for a study by using the name or the study identifier to look up information about a study.
The Research Administration Office (RAO) services all clinical research activities for Cook Children's Health Care System. The RAO is a centralized support structure representing investigators and Cook Children's Health Care System. The Neurosciences department has a full-time dedicated Clinical Research Coordinator should you have any questions regarding active clinical research:
Juli Kidd, RN, CCRC
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If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2500.