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The Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic, part of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC's Brain Care Institute, draws patients from across the country and around the world. Staff members at the clinic are routinely invited to lecture internationally, and once each month, physicians and therapists from other regions visit to learn from our clinic.
Our multifaceted approach to children with movement or spasticity disorders offers a complete spectrum of care that covers diagnosis, treatment, and surgery.
The Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic of the Brain Care Institute offers a distinct advantage for families looking for treatment for movement disorders in children — the collaborative relationship among pediatric specialists in:
Experts at the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic work to:
One of the biggest misconceptions about children with movement disorders is that they are intellectually impaired. In reality, children with movement disorders are often of average or above-average intelligence.
Due to the disruptive nature of their condition, they may suffer from communication disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and/or other functional disorders.
Some common movement disorders include:
The team in the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic treats the whole child — not just the disorder — by carefully coordinating surgical and medical treatment with a host of other rehabilitative and support services that address all of the child’s clinical needs.
Research is integral to the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic of Children’s Hospital's Brain Care Institute. Due to the success of clinical investigations, such as those involving intrathecal baclofen therapy and deep brain stimulation, many children who live with movement disorders have experienced a dramatic improvement in the quality of their lives.
Most of our staff members participate in ongoing research projects, in addition to treating children. Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara, MD, PhD, director of the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic, devotes a portion of her time to research on the recovery of function.
For more information about a referral, please contact the Spasticity and Movement Disorders Clinic by phone at 412-692-5090.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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