The Neuromuscular Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, part of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, is the largest in the region, treating thousands of children each year with neuromuscular diseases - from cerebral palsy to muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and Rett Syndrome.
Children with neuromuscular diseases require a global and comprehensive approach to care. As a parent, you will want to work with staff who are well-versed in coordinating the multiple medical treatments and issues to anticipate during growth and development. Treatment plans, include physical therapy, bracing, movement control and surgery.
The Neuromuscular Program is nationally recognized for advancing treatments for children by providing state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatment for:
The program also offers surgical and non-surgical treatments for children with the following disorders:
Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments
John C. Wilson Jr. Motion Analysis Laboratory
The John C. Wilson Jr. Motion Analysis Laboratory at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the only motion analysis lab in Los Angeles county, and one of only two in Southern California, dedicated to the evaluation of children with walking disorders. It is an invaluable tool in assessing children with neuromuscular disease.
The complex data retrieved from the lab helps build a comprehensive pre-operative plan specifically for each child. Our research shows the motion analysis results leads to changes in surgical plans for nearly 90 percent of patients.
As a child walks, muscle sensors are taped to their skin to measure their motion. Sensors on the floor record the force of their body. Computerized 3D images, synchronized data from the cameras, muscle sensors and force plates all determine a series of graphs detailing positions of the child's bones and joints, abnormal muscle activity and joint forces that occur as they walk.
With leading-edge technology, and world-class staff, the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion Analysis Laboratory serves as a premier referral center for children throughout the Western United States.
Throughout a child's care, the Neuromuscular Program provides a comprehensive and multi-interdisciplinary team of uniquely trained physicians, equipped with several years of experience:
It is critical that parents and children recognize the commitment involved in bracing, therapy and at-home programs as recommended by the Neuromuscular team.
Neuromuscular Program and Research
The Neuromuscular Program is a recognized leader for both its clinical and research expertise. The main research focus is on treatment outcomes in children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other neuromuscular conditions. We continue to have ongoing government funded research. The research allows us to optimize treatment outcomes the children we see. The results of our research has been published and presented nationally and internationally, and has enhanced the care of children throughout the United States and the world.