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Cerebral palsy

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

About

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 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
  • Diagnosis 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:

    • brain scans (MRI or CT)
    • electroencephalogram (EEG)
    • small pads are placed on your child's scalp to assess brain activity
    • electromyogram (EMG)
    • blood tests
  • 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.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road

    London

    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
    [Mon | Weds | Fri] 8am - 6pm
    [Tues | Thurs] 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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