We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders affecting movement, posture and muscle tightness, caused by damage to the developing brain (in children up to approximately three years old). The severity of the symptoms varies widely: some patients can walk and lead independent lives, while others are more severely disabled. There may also be associated intellectual disabilities, problems with vision or hearing, problems when eating, seizures, etc.
These can be categorised according to the moment when the brain damage occurs: prenatal, perinatal and postnatal. Currently, the most frequent causes are: extremely premature birth, hypoxia of the brain during birth, and paediatric stroke.
In babies, we see slower psychomotor development, with difficulties in movements or activities. We usually see spasticity, which could be defined as increased tightness in a certain group of muscles. There are major musculoskeletal abnormalities, including spinal deformity, hip dislocation and ankle equinus.
Fundamentally clinical diagnosis, depending on the patient's history. But confirmation is needed by additional imaging tests such as cranial ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. However, these can be normal.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, we can deal with the pathology in different ways, both in prevention and in treatment:
No specific prevention is possible.
Apart from the physiotherapy and/or occupational therapy which can be offered or recommended to these patients, physical exercise can always be suggested, depending on the abilities of each person. We also recommend stretching certain muscle groups and trying to correct posture.
The Child Rehabilitation and Cerebral Palsy Unit is staffed by doctors specialising in caring for these patients, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
We work with other specialist units, such as Neuropaediatrics, Paediatric Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Paediatric Traumatology. We are in direct contact with all the paediatric services: Neonatology, Oncohaematology, Nutritional Support, etc.
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