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Spasticity clinic

Spasticity clinic

When a child has muscles that are rigid, otherwise known as spasticity, they have stiffness and movement difficulties. They often have problems with their reflexes, tone and coordination. Children with cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury or hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) may show spasticity as a symptom.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities knows that patients with spasticity need a wide-range of care and services in order to thrive. This is why the hospital’s spasticity clinic offers a setting where patients can be evaluated and treated, all in one location, by a team of specialists.

The Twin Cities Shriners Hospital’s spasticity clinic is comprised of a multidisciplinary team consisting of medical professionals with specialized training in pediatric orthopaedics and neurosurgery. The physicians are supported by occupational therapists, physician assistants, physical therapists, registered nurses and social workers. The treatment plans that are developed in this very comprehensive clinic are individualized for each patient’s special needs. A combination of medication management, bracing, stretch casting, physical and occupational therapies, limb and orthopaedic surgeries or selective dorsal rhizotomy may be used to develop an individualized plan for each child.

A child’s mobility and quality of life can be improved through the coordination of their comprehensive care. Being seen regularly at our spasticity clinic provides families with treatment options to reduce the child’s tone to improve function, increase ease of care and hopefully prevent future orthopaedic deformities.

Who your child may see in this clinic:

Cary Mielke, M.D.
Christopher Vara, M.D.
Albert Tu, M.D.

To schedule an appointment, call new patient intake at 612-596-6105.

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