Cerebral palsy

Muscle control and movement problems after a brain injury

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

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

  • What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy? icon plus

    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
  • How is  cerebral palsy diagnosed? icon plus

    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:

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    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.
    • 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 consultants

We're proud to work with leading paediatric experts who specialise in brain injuries, before during and after birth, including cerebral palsy.
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Our locations

From complex neurological care and paediatric rehabilitation, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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