Cerebral palsy


If your child is showing symptoms of cerebral palsy our neurological and paediatric experts can help to treat them

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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy encompasses a group of conditions. These relate to problems with muscle control and movement. They are the result of an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. There are a range of treatments available to help your child's development.

Need to know

Symptoms of cerebral palsy aren't immediately obvious in a newborn baby. They become clearer during the toddler stage of development. These include:

  • delay in development such as sitting and walking
  • unnatural stiffness or floppiness
  • weak arms and/or legs
  • clumsy and uncontrolled movements
  • muscle spasms

Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They may discuss your child's medical history and development. Tests they may then carry out can include:


Your child's consultant will discuss treatment options available. These may include:


  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). This is a surgical operation available to children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. It's purpose is to improve their walking ability. SDR is possible for children between the age of four and twelve
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  • Removable hand splints to help support muscles and joints - Injections to treat and relax muscles.
  • Temporary casting to hold muscles in place.
  • Phyisotherapy seeks to promote movement, build strength and muscles.
  • Speech therapy.
  • Various medication may be advised to help muscle stiffness, and everyday issues such as sleeping.

Our Cerebral palsy locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.