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Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, we believe that every child deserves the brightest possible future. Children who are born with a disability require specialized care to allow them to rise to their highest potential. Our multidisciplinary team of experts cares for children with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common cause of motor disability in children in North America and worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 300 children is identified with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects a child’s coordination, balance and ability to walk. Each child with cerebral palsy has a unique pattern of neurological involvement, some with barely noticeable differences and others with a more significant disability. Many children with cerebral palsy will have spasticity, or tight muscles, that make walking and balance more difficult.

Driven by excellence in all facets of care, Shriners Hospital is home to one of the largest cerebral palsy programs in Northern California. Read about one of our patient success stories.

Cerebral palsy conditions treated include:

  • Equinovalgus
  • Equinovarus – neuromuscular clubfoot
  • Femoral antiversion
  • Femoral valgus
  • Gait disorders
  • Hallux valgus – neuromuscular bunion
  • Hip dislocation
  • Hip subluxation
  • Pes cavus – high arched foot
  • Planovalgus – neuromuscular flat foot
  • Spasticity
  • Scoliosis

The Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence

Since cerebral palsy affects so many facets of a child’s life, we believe that bringing together services for these children into one center allows for complete care of the child. All children benefit from a comprehensive program that includes motion analysis, spasticity management, complex surgical care and rehabilitation. Our on-site team includes:

  • Musculoskeletal pediatrician
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Kinesiologists
  • Orthotists

Patients also benefit from clinical trials and scientific research led by doctors and scientists determined to improve outcomes for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. All care takes place in our state-of-the-art medical center devoted exclusively to the medical needs of children.


The Center for Excellence in Cerebral Palsy actively engages in clinical research to improve outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. Physicians closely examine the results of cerebral palsy treatment through clinical outcome studies. The clinical research is complemented by scientific studies performed at the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM), a joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Located inside the Northern California Shriners Hospital, the IPRM is home to an international team of scientists devoted to bringing discoveries from the research laboratory to the bedside.