Cerebral Palsy / Edition 1

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The medical treatment and education of children with cerebral palsy is complex and involves a diverse range of professionals. Moreover, there are a number of different approaches for treating pediatric musculoskeletal impairments, such as therapy, orthotics, and surgery. Dr. Miller's valuable resource helps members of the medical team navigate the complexity of cerebral palsy care. Readers will become familiar with treatments that fall outside of their own disciplines while also benefiting from a review of current practices in their own fields. This comprehensive reference outlines the etiology of cerebral palsy and presents a description of muscle tone and movement problems. Dr. Miller discusses the theory and techniques used by physical and occupational therapists, and he provides suggestions for implementing an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Since the text focuses on improving decision making, recommended treatment algorithms address common questions, such as how to select equipment. Comprehensive coverage of understanding abnormal gaits, as well as the use of braces and wheel chairs, is incorporated into the text. Surgeons will especially appreciate the section that focuses on anatomy and describes surgeries and specific local treatments. Chapters are enhanced by beautiful anatomical drawings depicting key techniques. A companion CD-ROM includes videos of children with walking problems and more than 400 interactive study questions.

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Reviewer: John Willis, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: Dr. Miller has written a comprehensive overview of cerebral palsy with easily understandable algorithms summarizing step-wise approaches to diagnosis and therapies.
Purpose: The author "aims to help the child with cerebral palsy to develop into an adult in whom the effects of the disability are managed so they have the least impact possible on adult function." Given the diverse and often unscientific approaches to the management of cerebral palsy, such an extensive book (1,055 pages) is not only needed but welcome. The author's aims are well met.
Audience: This book is aimed at orthopedic surgeons, both residents and practitioners, who see children.
Features: The book covers virtually every aspect of cerebral palsy, in a depth appropriate to an orthopedic audience. The motor systems and causes of motor dysfunction are treated in 80 pages, rehabilitation technique in 60, surgical techniques in 160, and gait in 130. Detailed chapters are devoted to hip, spine, upper extremity, and lower extremities. Useful flow charts summarize many chapters. Of special utility is the 24-page first chapter, "The Child, the Parent, and the Goal," which provides very useful insights into the psychology and family dynamics that often control treatment. Numerous case studies humanize the text.
Assessment: Every orthopedist who sees children with cerebral palsy should read this book. Other physicians and therapists will also profit from the wealth of advice. Dr. Freeman should be congratulated for his comprehensive treatment of available science and broad experience which he presents with intelligence and compassion.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387204376
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1055
  • Sales rank: 1,392,550
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Cerebral Palsy Management.- The Child, the Parent, and the Goal.- Etiology, Epidemiology, Pathology, and Diagnosis.- Patient Management.- Neurologic Control of the Musculoskeletal System.- Therapy, Education, and Other Treatment Modalities.- Durable Medical Equipment.- Gait.- Upper Extremity.- Spine.- Hip.- Knee, Leg, and Foot.- Rehabilitation Techniques.- Neurodevelopmental Therapy.- Strengthening Exercises.- Balance Interventions.- Electrical Stimulation Techniques.- Hippotherapy.- Aquatic Therapy.- Assistive Devices.- Seating Systems.- M.O.V.E.? (Mobility Opportunities Via Education) Curriculum.- Occupational Therapy Extremity Evaluation.- Intrathecal Baclofen Pumps.- References.- Surgical Techniques.- Upper Extremity Procedures.- Spinal Procedures.- Hip Procedures.- Knee Operative Procedures.- Foot and Ankle Procedures.

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