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

Our 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, and limb and orthopaedic surgeries 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:

Michael J. Priola, D.O.
Christopher S. Vara, M.D.

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