Pediatric patients recovering from a spinal cord injury, brain injury or stroke at Children’s Specialized Hospital now have access to ZeroG, cutting edge balance and gait training system that helps patients to walk again. Here at Children’s Specialized Hospital, we include ZeroG in our intensive pediatric rehabilitation hospital program, making us one of only two children’s hospitals in the country to offer the device.
The medical field is improving every day, and growing advancements in the healthcare field mean that more and more children are surviving traumatic injuries. As the number of children who survive accidents increases, so, too, does the number of pediatric patients who require rehabilitation for injuries sustained as a result of multiple trauma.
Uncontrolled spasticity is often a hallmark of cerebral palsy, as well as a chronic disorder that can cause pain and lead to muscle contracture and even deformity or dislocation of joints. In the pediatric population in particular, the overactive reflexes and increased muscle tone and tightness associated with spasticity can present many challenges to parents and caregivers with regard to activities of daily living such as dressing and hygiene. Fortunately, when stretching, bracing or casting cannot reduce spasticity, we can turn to another technique: the alcohol block.
Derived from the Latin torta for “twisted” and collum for “neck,” torticollis is a condition characterized by abnormal positioning of the head and neck, typically tilted or turned to one side. It results from damage to or tightening of the sternocleidomastoid muscle connecting the skull with the breastbone and collarbones. The most common form is congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), affecting approximately one in every 250 newborns and possibly caused by restricted movement in utero or trauma during the birthing process. Because torticollis limits an infant’s ability to interact with his surroundings, significant cognitive and motor developmental delays can ensue if left untreated—which is why early diagnosis and torticollis rehabilitation are vital to achieving optimal outcomes.
Diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), especially very young children who are first learning to communicate with the world around them, can often be challenging and complex. Parents may remark, “Something is wrong with my child,” but be unable to articulate in exactly what ways. So how do you recognize if your patient has ASD in order to facilitate early diagnosis, which is critical to implementing early intervention?