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Conditions We Treat

Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Cerebral palsy (CP) describes a developmental disorder that affects motor function in a developing child. The CP Program at Phoenix Children’s Barrow Neurological Institute treats many diagnoses that are part of or related to CP.

We work across specialties – including orthopedics, rehabilitative services, psychology, surgery and other areas of medicine – to diagnose and treat cerebral palsy and related neurologic conditions, including:

  • Autism spectrum disorder – A complex range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can affect communication, social interaction and behavior
  • Ataxia – Abnormal muscle coordination and control
  • Cerebral palsyA developmental disorder affecting movement  
  • Choreoathetosis Jumpy, jerky movements
  • Cognitive-behavioral and emotional challenges
  • Dystonia – Slow, involuntary contractions of certain muscles that can cause twisted movements and abnormal postures
  • Epilepsy – Brain disorder that causes seizures
  • Functional movement disorders – Motor symptoms related to psychological stressors
  • Gait disorders – Abnormal walking and balance patterns
  • Hypertonia – Excessive muscle tension, which can be divided into spasticity, dystonia and rigidity
  • Learning problems – Conditions that affect a child’s ability to learn
  • Motor control difficulties – Difficulty activating the right muscles at the right times
  • Muscle weakness
  • Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle and joint) disorders
  • Rare movement disorders
  • Spastic paraplegia – Muscle control disorders affecting the legs
  • Spasticity – High muscle tension with inability to control tight muscles
  • Stereotypies – Persistent, repetitive movements
  • Tourette syndrome and tic disorders

Learn more about cerebral palsy and related conditions in our online health library.

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