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Spasticity Clinic

The Vanderbilt Spasticity Clinic is designed for children with increased muscle tightness and other spasticity symptoms. Spasticity management is complex. It’s important that you seek comprehensive care from an expert team that understands the long-term effects of spasticity on your child and family.

Our team includes experts in all established methods of spasticity treatment and pioneers in new treatment techniques. Our goal is to provide care that will optimize your child’s physical abilities. We provide ongoing support that includes follow-up visits with our team members. Our hope is to enable your child to reach his or her fullest potential.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Alice P. Lawrence
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4.8

Alice P. LawrenceMD

    Cerebral Palsy, Child Development, Developmental Medicine, Neonatology, Neurodevelopmental Follow up After NICU Hospitalization, Pediatric Developmental Medicine
Elizabeth Martin

Elizabeth MartinMD

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Robert P. Naftel
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4.9

Robert P. NaftelMD

    Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Movement Disorders, Neurologic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Neurosciences, Pediatric Neurologic Surgery
Heather R. Riordan
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4.7

Heather R. RiordanMD

    Hypertonia, Movement Disorders, Neurosciences, Pediatric Neurology, Tics
Jonathan G. Schoenecker
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4.9

Jonathan G. SchoeneckerMD, PhD

    Fractures, Limb Deformity, Musculoskeletal Infection, Orthopaedics, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Pediatric and Young Adult Hip Conditions
Laura A. Flynn

Laura A. FlynnPT

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Why Choose the Spasticity Clinic at Children‘s Hospital

  • Access to specialists

    In one visit you will see multiple spasticity specialists. Your visit may include visits with a physiatrist, neurologist, developmental pediatrician, physical therapist, neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon.

  • A team approach

    Our specialists provide personalized care for your child’s unique spasticity problems. Together, we determine the best treatment options to help you effectively manage this condition.

  • Unique care

    We are the only multidisciplinary spasticity clinic in Tennessee. Ours is the only children’s hospital in Tennessee that offers selective dorsal rhizotomy for children with spasticity. We also offer baclofen pump surgery and ongoing management.

  • Coordinated care

    Our clinic coordinator can help you schedule appointments and gather medical records and test results. We guide you through your care plan.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Bracing
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    Combined dorsal and ventral rhizotomy
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    Intrathecal baclofen pump placement
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    Physical therapy
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    Selective dorsal rhizotomy evaluation and treatment

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