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Rhizotomy Surgery Helps 5 yo with CP Walk Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five year old Bhoomi Manjunatha is a survivor of cerebral palsy and spasticity. She just underwent a surgery known as rhizotomy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital that promises to help her walk again. One of the problem facing survivors of cerebral palsy is known as spasticity, or muscle stiffness. Muscle stiffness makes it difficult to control one’s nerves and appendages. The operation, rhizotomy, cuts the nerves in the spinal chord that causes too much muscle stiffness, allowing the patient to start physical therapy and, with any luck, walk again. Manjunatha is motivated and positive, which is key for the physical therapy that is to come. Good luck Bhoomi!