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Physiotherapy after Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR)

When a child has had a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure, specialist physiotherapy following the operation is essential to gaining the best outcome.

The procedure itself is carried out to selectively destroy a nerve root of the spinal cord, because this can reduce spasticity for those with cerebral palsy, helping to:

  • Reduce spasticity on a long term basis
  • Give more range of motion and better positioning
  • Increase mobility and function
  • Maximize the potential for independence

Only the nerve roots which are related to the spasticity are destroyed during SDR.

How neurological physiotherapy helps

Once a child has been discharged from hospital following SDR, it’s very important to continue their rehabilitation through expert neurological physiotherapy – and this is not generally provided by the NHS.

In many cases children with cerebral palsy have muscle weakness, and this becomes clearer once the spasticity has been removed by SDR. Having reduced the spasticity, it’s possible to build up strength in the child’s body by means of the correct physiotherapy and exercise programme. This can result in:

  • Better posture
  • Good walking patterns
  • Hip stability

At The Rehab Physio we have a great deal of experience in optimizing outcomes for children after SDR. Using our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment we aim to build muscle strength, increase and improve mobility and help movements to be smoother and more co-ordinated.