This video will help understand the definition, causes and symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP). It explains different types of cerebral palsy, such as spastic, diplegic, hemiplegic, dyskinectic and ataxic cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy (CP) symptoms include problems with muscle tone, movement, balance or coordination. In some infants, problems are evident soon after birth. In others, diagnosis comes in later infancy or toddlerhood.
Brandon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus at age 3. After 36 surgeries, the motto he chooses to live by is “never give up, never back down, never loose faith.”
Caring for the Child Who Has CP
Through physician and patient family interviews, this video provides an introduction to Gillette’s interdisciplinary care model, family-focused approach, and internationally recognized expertise in cerebral palsy treatment.
Gillette physicians discuss why orthopedic interventions (both surgical and non-surgical) might be needed and options available. Tom Novacheck, M.D., explains the role of Gillette’s James R. Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis in diagnosing movement abnormalities and helping physicians recommend appropriate treatments.
Spasticity Treatment Options
In this video, Gillette physicians discuss the variety of spasticity treatment options—from botulinum toxin and phenol injections to intrathecal baclofen pumps to selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery—available to children at Gillette.
Jo’Vonna’s Story – Gait & Motion Analysis
Jo’Vonna dreams of riding a bike for the first time. So Gillette used 3-D animation technology to study how she moves. The James R. Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis has become a destination of hope for kids like Jo’Vonna who have cerebral palsy or other conditions affecting movement.
Kaeli & Lily’s CP Story
What does sisterhood mean? For Kaeli Harris, it means always being there for her sister, Lily, who was diagnosed with a severe form of cerebral palsy. Lily is a happy girl who communicates with sounds, smiles and frowns.
Christina’s CP Story
Soon after Christina was born prematurely, her doctor let her parents know that brain damage might keep her from developing. Christina lives each day to the fullest with help from her family and the team at Gillette. Derek shares the heartwarming story of his 9-year-old daughter.
Ava’s Gait & Motion Story
Ava’s family describes her as determined—a real go-getter. She’s the kind of kid who decides what she wants and works hard to get it. Born weighing less than one pound, Ava came to Gillette when she began missing milestones like crawling and walking. Doctors at Gillette diagnosed Ava with cerebral palsy. At age 3, Ava received her first evaluation at the James R. Gage Center for Motion Analysis.