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Spastic Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Management of Spastic Cerebral PalsyOne out of every 500 children is affected by cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that results in life-long disabilities. The brain damage causes increased muscle tone or tension, also known as spasticity, which can affect muscle control and coordination, body movement, reflex, posture and balance as well as fine and gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. The brain damage can occur before, during and sometimes after birth, but signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy are often not detected until later during the child’s developmental stages.

About 80 percent of patients with cerebral palsy have varying levels of spasticity. Spasticity is especially harmful in growing children. In addition to spasticity, children with cerebral palsy can have other movement disorders such as dystonia, which is characterized by slow, repetitive movements or abnormal postures. While there is no way of preventing spastic cerebral palsy and other movement disorders, many children experience positive outcomes with the appropriate medical and surgical treatments.

Join an interactive discussion with pediatric neurosurgeon, Manish N. Shah, M.D., on Thursday, Sept. 11 at noon, to learn about the diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy in children and the latest in treatment options at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Dr. Shah will answer questions submitted during the presentation.


  • Signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy
  • Treatment options for spastic cerebral palsy
  • Selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Deep brain stimulation for childhood movement disorders like dystonia
  • What to expect if your child has surgery
  • Follow-up care

About the Host

Dr. Manish Shah 140 x 210

Manish N. Shah, M.D.

  • Fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in surgical management of spasticity in children and pediatric epilepsy surgery
  • Extensive research focusing on functional imaging of the brain and advanced MRI techniques
  • Assistant professor, department of Pediatric Surgery, division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, UTHealth Medical School
  • Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section and AANS/CNS Joint Pediatrics Section