Shriners Hospital Leads Collaborative Effort for Early Detection of Hip Disorders in Children with Cerebral Palsy

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There is new hope for children born with cerebral palsy, thanks to work
being done at Shriners Hospitals for Children ˗ Northern California.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects coordination,
balance and the ability to walk. It is the most common cause of motor
disability in children. Approximately one in every 300 children is born
with cerebral palsy, and hip dysplasia is one of the most common causes
of pain and disability in these children.

“Up to this point, doctors are able to recognize hip dysplasia only when
advanced, yet we know earlier diagnosis and treatment leads to better
outcomes,” says Jon
R. Davids, M.D
., Assistant Chief of Orthopaedics and Director of the Cerebral
Palsy Center of Excellence
at the Northern California Shriners

Hip dysplasia limits a child’s range of motion and may ultimately cause
pain. Surgical intervention helps restore mobility and prevents pain
later in life. “Earlier surgeries are more successful and eliminate the
need for complex surgery typically used in treating those diagnosed as
teens,” says Dr. Davids.

Medical professionals in Australia and Sweden have integrated hip
surveillance programs into their care plans. Work in these countries
shows that a schedule of regular physical exams and x-rays in children
with cerebral palsy leads to earlier diagnosis of hip dysplasia.
Shriners Hospitals for Children − Northern California has pioneered a
similar hip surveillance program in California by partnering with key
pediatric providers including:

  • California Children’s Services (CCS);
  • Stanford University, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital;
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s
    Hospital Oakland and Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

Together they are creating the California Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance.

On Friday, October 2, 2015, medical professionals who take care of
children with cerebral palsy will gather at the Shriners Hospital in
Sacramento to discuss “The
Hip in Children with Cerebral Palsy ˗ Surveillance to Salvage.
” The
all-day seminar is sponsored by Shriners Hospital in partnership with

Presenters from Shriners Hospital include Jon R. Davids, M.D., an
internationally recognized pediatric orthopaedic surgeon; Vedant
Kulkarni, M.D
., a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon; and Loren
Davidson, M.D.
, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.
Joining them are Scott A. Hoffinger, M.D., Associate Director of
Pediatric Orthopaedics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; and Jason
Jagodzynski, M.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at
the UCSF School of Medicine.

The seminar concludes with an in-depth discussion regarding hip
surveillance outreach for children with cerebral palsy led by Robert J.
Dimand, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at California Children’s Services.
Dr. Dimand and other conference faculty will engage participants in a
discussion of how the care is coordinated through the California
Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance.

“The goal of the California Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance is to take the
first level of screening into the community through CCS,” says Dr.
Davids. Children identified as candidates for care through the hip
surveillance program will be followed by Shriners Hospital and other
academic medical centers, where surgeons will partner with pediatricians
and other professionals to determine the optimal age for intervention
for each child.

“The formation of the California Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance provides a
path for early diagnosis and positive outcomes,” says Dr. Davids.

To learn more about the seminar and hip surveillance, please go online

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of
children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located
at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for
Children – Northern California provides care to children with
orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars
from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers
to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided
regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call
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