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Lower limb management in cerebral palsy

Tim Theologis and J.M.H. Paterson

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.013004

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Lower limb management in cerebral palsy

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All patients with cerebral palsy have lower limb involvement

Determination of the pattern of neurological involvement and the degree of selective muscle control is important when considering orthopaedic intervention

The neurological insult is non-progressive but the musculoskeletal effects do progress.

Specific treatment aims must be identified and realistic targets defined

The appropriate treatment must be selected for the child’s age and stage of development

It is important to differentiate between dynamic and fixed contractures

Surgery is only one of the management options and is rarely successful if considered in isolation.

Chapter.  6867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Reproduction, Growth and Development ; Neurology

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