Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children. Children with cerebral palsy may have differences in movement, posture and balance. It can also affect vision, hearing, speech and cognition.


Medical Causes

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to a developing brain or atypical brain development. The brain injury or abnormality is permanent and unchanging. However, a child’s physical abilities can change as he or she grows.

Israel Manzano - Cerebral Palsy


Our pediatric physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) focus on improving your child’s functioning and making it easier for you to care for your child. We have a variety of treatment options to help children with cerebral palsy reach their maximum potential.

Goals for treatment may include:

  • Improved movement
  • Management of sensory or perceptual challenges
  • Ability to engage in daily activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing

Recommendations for cerebral palsy treatment may include:

  • Physical, occupational and therapy
  • Oral and injectable medications, such as Botox, for spasticity or dystonia
  • Orthotics and equipment

We’ll also educate you regarding your child’s condition, medical problems that frequently accompany cerebral palsy, like spasticity. Our teams work to minimize or slow down some of the complications that may occur, such as joint contractures and hip dislocation.

Learn more about spasticity here.

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