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Programs & Services

Cerebral Palsy Clinic

Cerebral palsy (CP) as well as other brain and spinal disorders can cause permanent weakness or trouble controlling muscles and movement. Because symptoms are different for every child, we carefully match your child’s needs to the expertise of our providers.

Multispecialty Partners

The CP Program at Phoenix Children’s Barrow Neurological Institute represents a comprehensive and collaborative partnership. We treat cerebral palsy and other conditions [link to Conditions page] and disabilities that kids may face, enlisting resources and expertise from these and other partners:

Our multidisciplinary team brings these and other services to Phoenix Children’s CP Program, so your child has access to the latest therapies and the highest standard of care.

Evaluation and Diagnosis

  • Advanced diagnostic imaging
  • Motion analysis 
  • Multidisciplinary evaluation and screening

Therapies and Services

Through our interdisciplinary CP Program, experts collaborate to help with specific areas of concern. Available services and therapies include:

  • Care coordination and management – Our team includes staff who specialize in coordinating and managing the care of children with disabilities. Specialists focus on medication, injection treatments, splints and braces, adaptive equipment, seating and mobility equipment [link to Seating and Mobility page] and therapy prescription.
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) – At Phoenix Children’s, your child receives comprehensive care, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, constraint therapy, and other inpatient and outpatient therapies.
  • Orthopedic Cerebral Palsy Clinic – This clinic is guided by doctors who specialize in bone, muscles, joints and structural conditions, including medical and surgical services.
  • Neurosurgery – We offer procedures for brain, spine and nervous system conditions, and surgical management of abnormal muscle tone and movement disorders.
    • Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) – Surgical treatment of spinal nerves to reduce spasticity or muscle stiffness. This gives kids the chance to improve function and movement.   
    • Intrathecal baclofen pump (ITB)  A surgically implanted, programmable pump delivers medication that relaxes muscle tone. 
    • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) –  Surgeons insert tiny electrodes and neurologists program tiny computers to send impulses to areas of the brain that control movement.
  • Injection treatments – Specialists inject botulinum toxin and phenol – called denervation therapies – with precision and accuracy to help calm overactive muscles.
  • Movement disorders neurology – Doctors who specialize in pediatric movement disorders offer a wide range of individualized services.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapies – Our team includes psychologists and other specialists who help evaluate and treat neurological, emotional and practical challenges and related conditions that kids with cerebral palsy and other neurologic disabilities may face.

Research and Clinical Trials 

As a Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) Center of Excellence, we stay on the leading edge of focused research, scientific breakthroughs and clinical trials to continually improve diagnosis and care. The CPRN network brings top children’s hospitals together to achieve the gold standards of treatment for children living with cerebral palsy.

Resources and Support

Our care team helps you navigate the ups and downs of life with cerebral palsy, offering whole-hearted support for your child and family. Ask about available resources, including referrals for hospital or community resources and support.

Ask your care team about any concerns or questions you may have throughout your child’s care. To learn more about cerebral palsy and related conditions, visit our online health library.

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