Neuromuscular conditions are often complex and varying in degrees of severity. For conditions like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, treatment involves more than just the orthopaedic ramifications. Therefore, the St. Louis Shriners Hospital is committed to providing full-service care to children who may have the need of neurosurgeons, urologists and more. Because we strive to coordinate care for each visit to make the most of your time with us, we do our best to provide clinics and care that is collaborative and comprehensive.
Cerebral palsy, also known as encephalopathy, is a condition affecting muscle tone, movement and coordination. It is the most common disability that occurs before, during or immediately after the birth of children and is related to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Learn more about how our team cares for children with cerebral palsy.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth is a group of disorders that affect the peripheral nerves that carry messages between the brain and muscles throughout the body. Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, braces or splints. Surgery may be necessary for severe foot deformities.
Marfan syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the connective tissues. Shriners Hospitals for Children - St. Louis treats patients with Marfan syndrome if they also have scoliosis.
Spina bifida, also known as myelomeningocele, is a congenital defect of the spine where the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. The initial care to address the exposed spinal cord and fluid on the brain is provided by a neurosurgeon at or near the time of birth. Orthopaedic evaluation and treatment for children with spina bifida begins after the neurosurgical intervention. Orthopaedic treatment for spina bifida includes physical therapy and occupational therapy, crutches and/or custom orthoses (braces) made in-house. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis, we practice a multidisciplinary team approach, including assistive technology and rehabilitation care, neurology, orthopaedics, orthotics (bracing) and urology services. All services are conveniently provided during the specialty clinic held once a month so that families can see all specialists in one visit without leaving the building. Learn more about how our team cares for children with spina bifida.