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Pediatric Neurology - Cerebral palsy

​​​​​​​​​​Cerebral Palsy is a catchall term for a variety of disorders that affect a child's ability to move, maintain posture and balance. 

These disorders are caused by injury to the developing brain. The injuries may happen before a child is born, during birth or within the first few years of life, and sometimes the cause is unknown. 

The injury damages the brain causing a problem with how the brain communicates with muscles. 

Muscles can be too tight or too loose and children with cerebral palsy may also have seizures, difficulty with learning, growth, vision and hearing. 

Marshfield Clinic manages the problems caused by cerebral palsy through a multidisciplinary process. 

Several pediatric medical specialists and therapists provide care for children with cerebral palsy. Children with most complex needs make are seen in our Special Needs Clinic.

Cerebral Palsy ​Treatments

Treatment for children with cerebral palsy is tailored to their needs. All treatments focus on promoting development, preventing and managing problems caused by cerebral palsy. 

These treatments include:

  • Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies
  • Spasticity management utilizing oral medications, Botox, Phenol, serial casting, bracing and Baclofen pump placement and management.
  • Positioning supports such as braces, crutches, splints, special chairs and special strollers
  • Nutrition
  • Parent education about how to manage care needs
  • Orthopedic surgery to manage muscle or bone problems caused by spasticity or hypotonia
  • Seizure management including ketogenic diet
  • Medical equipment such as wheelchairs, standers, lifts, and shower and toilet adaptive equipment
  • Social services for accessing resources
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 Seizures Video

How Much Do You Know About Seizures?

A seizure is an uncontrolled electrical discharge from brain cells that causes mental and physical symptoms. Epilepsy is a group of chronic conditions in which a person has unprovoked, recurring seizures. Find out more about epilepsy and seizures by taking this quiz, based on information from the Epilepsy Foundation.

1. Although the characteristics of a seizure may differ from person to person, seizures are caused by the same thing:
2. Seizures can be caused by:
3. Epilepsy is most likely to begin in which age group?
4. A person with epilepsy needs how much extra sleep a night?
5. In some states, if you have epilepsy, you can get a driver's license only if:
6. Although exercise is good for people with epilepsy, some sports are not appropriate. Which of these is/are not?
7. Alcohol can be dangerous for a person with epilepsy because:
8. How does a health care provider diagnose epilepsy?
9. Which is the most common treatment for epilepsy?