Preparation for cerebral palsy surgery - Leah

Leah, age 7, has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy characterised by frequent spasms and muscle tensing in the legs. This causes mobility problems and frequent falls. For school or long distances she relies on her walking frame, whilst at home she uses crutches.

Ultimately, the aim is for Leah to have the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) op, to permanently reduce the stiffness and spasticity. However, she has a long way to go before then, as she’ll first need hip surgery, followed by an operation to lengthen the tendons in her legs.

Leah needs to improve muscle strength in her legs and core. This will limit the muscle and bone changes that may occur, as well as demonstrate suitability for SDR spinal surgery. The HYDRO PHYSIO hydrotherapy treadmill is ideal for strengthening these muscles as the water increases the intensity of the exercise, while giving Leah maximum support. Having seen other pre and post SDR successes with young patients using the HYDRO PHYSIO treadmills, Leah’s family are hopeful for her outcomes.


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