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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury or insult to the developing brain. There are many causes, before, during and after birth. It is usually characterised by increased tone and spasticity in the muscles. Severity of involvement and hence treatment requirements vary greatly.

The increased tone of muscles can cause problems not only with ability to mobilise, but it also puts joints, especially the hip, under increased strain which may cause them to become painful or misshapen.

A multi-disciplinary approach to care is required, with input from physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to name but a few.

As orthopaedic surgeons we assess for current problems with bones, muscles and joints, but also look to identify any future problems that may successfully be treated by an early intervention.

Physiotherapy forms the mainstay of most treatments, but occasionally more invasive treatments are required such as soft tissue releases around joints or reshaping joints with osteotomies.

We aim to provide your child’s care to as high a standard as possible, safely, whilst also being convenient to you and your family. In order to achieve this we run multi-disciplinary clinics across the Peninsula. Operative procedures however are undertaken at our central Derriford “Hub”.