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Cerebral Palsy Treatments


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This series depicts treatments used for cerebral palsy: selective dorsal rhizotomy, intrathecal baclofen pump, and electric shockwave therapy. Created and used for a research paper at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

In selective dorsal rhizotomy, electrical stimulation is used to identify the rootlets that are causing abnormal contractions. The rootlets are severed to alleviate symptoms.


With an intrathecal baclofen pump, baclofen is released into cerebrospinal fluid in the intrathecal space. The pump is located under the skin in the anterior abdomen.

In electric shockwave therapy, shockwaves are applied to plantar flexors of the foot to reduce spasticity.

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