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Cerebral palsy spasticity inhibits a child’s muscle growth, causing muscle contractures and orthopedic deformities. However, if a child’s spasticity is reduced at a young age, the deformities can become less severe.

Our center is devoted to helping reduce — and when possible, eliminate — spasticity so children experience a greater level of comfort and range of movement.

Physicians in our center are the world-wide leaders in performing selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR). SDR is one of the best options for reducing cerebral palsy spasticity in select patients.

Who Benefits from SDR?

All children with spastic diplegia, triplegia and quadriplegia following premature birth should be evaluated for selective dorsal rhizotomy. The center’s director T.S. Park, MD, believes children with cerebral palsy spasticity should be evaluated for potential dorsal rhizotomy before other orthopedic procedures are performed.

For more information on criteria, please see Patient Selection.

If you are interested in being evaluated for selective dorsal rhizotomy, please fill out the Patient Information Form to complete a screening.

Patient Information Form

Contact Us

The Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity
St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place
Room 4S20
St. Louis, Missouri 63110 USA
Phone 314.454.2813, or toll-free 800.416.9956
Fax 314.454.2818

Why Choose the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity?

Physicians in the Center for Cerebral Palsy Spasticity are dedicated to reducing the harmful effects of spasticity. As leaders in reducing spasticity through selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), we performed more than 4,500 surgeries on children and adults from two years to fifty years of age from around the world. They also offer minimally invasive controlled muscle and tendon lengthening following SDR to further alleviate joint contractures to allow greater range of motion.

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