Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is the world-renowned leader in the treatment of cerebral palsy. We change lives every day with our cutting-edge medical expertise to help our kids realize their potential.
For 123 years we have pioneered groundbreaking research, treatments and therapies to provide unparalleled care to children. When it comes to cerebral palsy, Gillette has the best solutions.
At Gillette, We see CP.
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. All March, we are honoring and recognizing those who have cerebral palsy. Whether you or someone you know has cerebral palsy, or you're just starting to learn more about the condition, this resource will empower you to:
Read and share infographics about cerebral palsy.
Update your social media profiles with our custom cerebral palsy awareness month downloads.
Meet Gillette patients who have cerebral palsy and hear their inspiring stories.
Learn about cerebral palsy and different treatment options.
Donate to support cerebral palsy care at Gillette.
Read Cerebral Palsy Patient Stories
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Here’s Why Gillette is the Best at Providing Cerebral Palsy CareFor 123 years the doctors, nurses and employees at Gillette have worked every day to provide the very best care for all children. This dedication has led to treatments and outcomes that have influenced cerebral palsy care worldwide.
Sophia Soars: Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy"Every step Sophia takes is a testament to the countless dedicated individuals who made it possible," says her mother, Susan Slinkard. Sophia and her family traveled from Arkansas to Minnesota for several major surgeries aimed at reducing Sophia's spasticity.
International Research Collaboration Between Hospitals Helps Treat Children Who Have Chronic PainPain affects all aspects of life, but for many of us, it’s an abstract concept. But, for a moment, imagine what it would feel like to experience chronic pain for an entire month. Start with that, but now expand it out to a year—or maybe even, every day of your life.
Grady’s Grit: Cerebral Palsy and Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) Surgery"Grady’s so much more than his condition. The way we see it is that God gave us this incredibly cool kid who’s had to deal with a few things. We've had challenges, but life is good even when stuff is hard. Either way, because of Gillette and the care they provide, Grady's future will be whatever he decides it to be. That’s no small thing.”
Spasticity most commonly affects patients who have cerebral palsy. Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery corrects muscle spasticity by cutting the nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal signals to the muscles.
A common symptom of cerebral palsy, spasticity is a term that describes overly tight muscles caused by disrupted communication among the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
Using innovative computer technology, motion analysis captures movements, muscle activity and forces that the eye can’t see. When people who have cerebral palsy experience problems with movement, motion analysis helps experts accurately identify problems specific to each patient—then recommend the best treatments.
When people who have cerebral palsy receive injected medications, such as botulinum toxin or phenol, their braces might fit better and their movement abilities often improve.
Gillette created the Cerebral Palsy Road Map to help you understand what having cerebral palsy means for your child. This publication will show you how Gillette’s cerebral palsy experts can help meet your child’s needs. Learn more.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people who have a spectrum of disabilities, including cerebral palsy.
Connect with Others
Our Cerebral Palsy Resource Group Welcomes You!
Are you looking for a way to connect with people who have cerebral palsy and their families? Join Gillette's Cerebral Palsy Resource Group on Facebook!
Support Cerebral Palsy Patients
Donate and #CelebrateCP
Help fund a first-of-its-kind study to improve treatment and health outcomes for kids who have walking and movement disorders because of cerebral palsy. You’ll be ensuring a brighter tomorrow for kids who have cerebral palsy.