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July 29, 2007

Spasticity: Balancing Treatment Options

Children with neuromuscular disorders can develop a wide range of problems as a result of the overactivity or spacticity of their muscles. Fortunately, their are a wide range of treatment options for affected children. As a child grows and muscle tone, joint and limbs change, a preferred treatment option at one stage might not be ideal in the next.

Children with spasticity have the opportunity to be evaluated by our multidisciplinary group of pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical therapists and nurses, and the entire gamut of treatment options are considered. At the Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (CHONY), where “Quality of Life” research is our hallmark, our focus is on improving the quality of life and long term function of children with neuromuscular disorders.

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