Pediatric Orthopedics Offers Expertise for Neuromuscular Disorders
The multidisciplinary medical team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery has demonstrated experience and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Our specialized division treats nearly 12,000 pediatric patients with musculoskeletal problems each year, and it was recently ranked among the top 20 in the nation for pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
Treating children with complex neuromuscular disorders demands state-of-the-art diagnostic capability and a highly skilled team of professionals to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Our expert team of neuromuscular specialists care for a range of conditions, including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Muscular dystrophies
- Motor neuron diseases
- Down syndrome
- Myasthenia gravis
- Inflammatory myopathies
A Specialist for Every Need
Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are preeminent leaders in their field. Children, adolescents and young adults benefit from having a highly specialized team that is able to treat the unique aspects of neuromuscular disorders.
Our team includes pediatric specialists from a range of clinical disciplines, all working together to manage every aspect of care for neuromuscular needs. The team includes specialists in:
- Rehabilitation therapy
Using our combined experience, we can help ensure that even the youngest child will get better results with fewer complications. In fact, two specific areas that are improving patient care include improving pain control and reducing blood loss during surgery.
Breakthroughs in Neuromuscular Research
Through research and discovery, our physician scientists are involved in breakthrough treatments for neuromuscular diseases. One such study includes the use of a specialized external fixation device consisting of two rings connected by six pivotal, expandable struts that surround a misshapen bone like a tube. The device is attached to the bone at different points using wires. Adjusting the struts through computer navigation can shift the bone into better alignment, much like how braces straighten teeth. This new breakthrough requires expert insight into the bones’ growth plates, and in improving function and decreasing spasticity in the muscles of children with neuromuscular disorders. Others involve methods of spinal deformity correction in children who are still growing or have complex medical issues. We participate in international collaboratives for spasticity management using injections, medications and surgeries. Thanks to advanced training, we offer procedures only done by a handful of orthopedic surgeons across the U.S.