HOUSTON (February 14, 2017)

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is hosting a free educational seminar for patients, families and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the latest treatment options for spasticity.

The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Cooley Conference Center, 7440 Cambridge. The seminar includes a panel of distinguished experts on the condition, including: Dr. Manish Shah, director of pediatric spasticity and epilepsy surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth; Dr. Nivedita Thakur, pediatric neurologist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School; and Dr. Stacey Hall, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and McGovern Medical School.

Spastic cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the brain that affects mobility, muscle tone and posture, which can cause jerky movements, muscle tightness and joint stiffness. While there is no cure for severe spasticity, several treatment options are available to help improve a child’s quality of life. The Texas Comprehensive Spasticity Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers a range of options including medication, physical therapy, injections and therapy designed to help relieve the signs and symptoms of the condition, reduce pain and frequency of muscle contractions and improve voluntary muscle function. Each is tailored to the needs of patients based on the underlying causes and the severity of their spasticity.

Seminar attendees will be given information about the signs and symptoms of the disorder, how the condition is diagnosed and the various options available for patients following diagnosis. Continuing education credits will be provided for physical and occupational therapists.