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Wolfson Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity

Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity

Wolfson Children’s evaluates and treats infants, children and adults with stiff muscles or spasms, called spasticity, caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, severe head or spine trauma, brain damage or stroke. The earlier in life we see these children, the better their care options and quality of life.

Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric neuroscience services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center

The Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center at the Stys Neuroscience Institute brings together experts from different medical specialties. Physiatrists (physical rehabilitation physician specialists), neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation therapists provide the highest level of coordinated care to make sure every aspect of your child's condition is cared for.

Why Wolfson

Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best children’s hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery. We also have the only orthopedic surgeons in the region who have additional pediatric training. Our team is involved in research and clinical trials and provides treatment options based on the latest medical advancements.

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Working Together for your Child

Clinics

Our expert team conducts a spasticity clinic several times a week for ongoing spasticity management and care. During these clinics, pediatric physiatrists, specialized nurse practitioners, social workers and physical and occupational therapists collaborate to evaluate and treat children from throughout the state and beyond.

Monthly Team Conferences

Our team meets monthly to review patient progress and discuss individual treatment plans.

Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center

University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Wolfson Children’s Hospital provides pediatric neuroscience services in partnership with Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Learn more

Wolfson Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy Treatments

Treatments We Offer

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy and other spasticity conditions, our expert team provides an array of treatments to help you manage the condition as your child grows.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rehabilitation therapy plays a large role for many children with cerebral palsy and spasticity to help improve their communication, eating, movement and activities of everyday life
  • Medicine can help relieve muscle contractions and ease pain and spasms
  • Botox, electrical stimulation, constraint therapy, bracing and casting, and other treatments are used

Surgical treatment

  • Intrathecal baclofen pump
  • Minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Pediatric orthopedic surgery, such as tendon-lengthening; tendon transfer; osteotomy of the femur; tibia or foot; and bone fusion
Wolfson Children's Hospital High Tech Neurosurgery

High-Tech Neurosurgery

Wolfson Children's is a national leader in both minimally invasive and highly complex neurological surgeries. Our state-of-the-art operating rooms are specially equipped to bring MRI to the patient during surgery. Surgeons can use the sophisticated imaging equipment during procedures to precisely guide and verify intricate repairs, all leading to better outcomes.

Our Team

At Wolfson Children’s, physical medicine and rehabilitation physiatrists work together with pediatric orthopedic specialists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and rehab teams. Physiatrists are doctors who treat the whole person, not just individual aspects of the condition. They design treatment plans to help your child have the most independence in activities of daily living and improved quality of life.

Locations

The Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center serves the North Florida and South Georgia region and beyond. Your child may receive care from specialists at Wolfson Children's, UF Health Pediatric Multispecialty Center and Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, all located at or next to the Wolfson Children's main campus in downtown Jacksonville. We also see patients at our Lake City Specialty Center.