Spasticity therapy and management for young patients can be quite complex. The Advanced Management of Pediatric Spasticity Program (AMPS) is a collaborative partnership between participating professionals at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. We’re passionate about providing exceptional care to children through a comprehensive, in-depth approach to therapy. Each member of our team has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric spasticity.
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Below is information about AMPS.
Therapy begins with an evaluation to determine your child’s needs. We’ll assess things like:
• The exact location and degree of spasticity
• Underlying conditions that cause spasticity
• Any other muscle tone or movement disorders coinciding with spasticity
• Your child’s muscle strength and control
• Your child’s ability to complete daily activities, like self-care
We’ll also examine your and your child’s goals for treatment, as these are crucial in developing a personalized management plan. Desired outcomes may include improved walking, comfort and participation in daily activities, in addition to ease of care, positioning and lessening of muscle contractures.
Patients We Serve
AMPS is appropriate for children and teens who are able to move and are in need of advanced management of their spasticity through:
• Selective dorsal rhizotomy
• Intrathecal baclofen pump
• Multilevel orthopaedic surgeries
• Complex Botox® treatments with serial casting
• Motion Analysis Laboratory
Additional AMPS Services
Motion Analysis Center – Your child’s treatment team may recommend an evaluation from the Motion Analysis Center. This provides a comprehensive look at how your child’s body moves during walking. The team uses that information to make recommendations for your child’s treatment. Learn more about the Motion Analysis Laboratory.
Education – The team will ensure you and your child receive the education you’ll need to understand your child’s treatment. A physician skilled in ongoing spasticity management will oversee your child’s plan of care.
Orthotics – Orthotics are devices designed to support and provide assistance with walking and other types of movements and activities. An orthotist assists with fitting your child for the appropriate orthotics, including those that help to stretch muscles through prolonged positioning.
Physical Therapy – A physical therapist will evaluate your child’s passive range of motion, functional skills, strength and ability. The goal of ongoing physical therapy is to help your child experience as much independence as possible and to increase his or her ability to participate in daily activities.