By CHRISTINE UMBRELL
Collaborative Care for Cerebral Palsy Orthotists play critical roles in integrated approaches to care and future breakthroughs
NEED TO KNOW • Orthotists play a key role in the treatment of cerebral palsy (CP)—the most commonly diagnosed childhood motor disability—and can benefit from working in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, and therapists. • Bracing is typically the first intervention for children diagnosed with CP, and orthotists frequently fit these patients with ankle-foot orthoses, supramalleolar orthoses, or other types of braces, depending on their unique presentation. • Orthotists working with CP patients should be aware of any neurotoxin injections their patients are receiving for spasticity management, as well as upcoming surgeries, as bracing continues to play an important role between injections and postsurgery.
MAY 2020 | O&P ALMANAC
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• Research teams at several universities are studying cerebral palsy and looking at new ways to treat the disorder, investigating methodologies to prevent contractures and improve muscle strength.
The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) - May 2020 O&P Almanac issue