Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy

As cerebral palsy is complex and differing degrees, the treatment options are just as diverse. At U-M a patient will most likely been seen in the pediatric and adult rehabilitation clinic, however depending on their treatment plan they could also be seen in more specific rehabilitation or surgical areas.

  • Pediatric and Adult Rehabilitation Clinic – designed to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan, including adulthood.
  • Orthopaedic Clinics –  Specialists in surgery for bone, joint and spine problems in cerebral palsy.
  • Milestones – a dedicated pediatric outpatient rehabilitation clinic. The programs are designed to promote development, boost independence and assist in learning to incorporate therapeutic activities and exercises at home.
  • Comprehensive Hand and Arm Movement Program (CHAMP) this intensive three week program involves restricting a child’s less affected hand and arm.
  • Spasticity intervention program – Spasticity is an abnormality in muscle tone and often a component of cerebral palsy. The program approaches spasticity with oral medications, physical therapy, intrathecal baclofen therapy and neurosurgical treatments.
  • Adapted cognitive assessment clinic – provides cognitive evaluations for children and adolescents who are unable to participate in traditional neuropsychological testing due to a variety of barriers including, difficulties in movement or speech.

Patients could also work with rehabilitation engineers that advise in the use and development of assistive technology aids; the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center which provides multiple services from off-the-shelf to custom made orthotics and braces; and wheelchair and equipment specialists that will help with mobility and home equipment needs. We also offer mentoring opportunities for individuals with cerebral palsy which are provided through a partnership with the Center for Independent Living. 

Schedule an appointment at 734-936-7175.