Neuromuscular Disorders

Physicians at Emory strive to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for children with neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Down's syndrome, amongst others. Much of this care can involve coordination of physical and occupational therapy for children, wheelchair fittings, and orthotists to help with braces.

Surgical management for these conditions may be indicated to assist your child in daily activities such as walking, running, and even sitting. These procedures are complex and need to be individualized to each patient to maximize outcome. Some commonly performed procedures include botulinum toxin-A injections for muscle spasticity, tendon lengthening or transfers, bony realignment procedures known as osteotomies, hip reconstruction, and spinal fusion surgery. Spinal fusion is often performed for scoliosis but may also be required for neck disorders, chest wall deformities, or kyphosis (roundback).

Pediatric Orthopedics