Pediatric Movement Disorders
The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric movement disorders center led by fellowship-trained specialists and academic leaders. Our expert teams treat disorders associated with cerebral palsy, brain or spine injury, and a variety of neurological conditions affecting movement, muscle tone and posture.
Smart Specialists, Special Kids
The pediatric movement disorder specialists at Phoenix Children’s balance high-level skills with heartfelt compassion. We put your child at ease, hear your concerns and help your family to find answers.
Our movement disorders team takes an integrated, multispecialty approach to treating a full range of conditions, from mild to severe. We offer individualized care from doctors who are motivated by helping children to feel and function at their best.
Your child’s care may include services from these and other specialties:
- Movement Disorders Neurology
- Orthopedic surgery
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)
At Phoenix Children’s your child’s care includes evaluation and treatment for other conditions that often occur along with a movement disorder. These may include anxiety, ADHD, autism-spectrum disorders, epilepsy, genetic conditions and learning disabilities, among others.
Leading-Edge Facilities and Therapies
Our pediatric neurology programs and services include high-level expertise and a full range of treatment options for movement disorders, including:
- Advanced motion analysis lab – to evaluate and guide your child’s progress
- Deep brain stimulation (DBS) – to ease involuntary muscle movements
- Injection treatments – targeted medical therapies such as botulinum toxin and phenol for muscle tone and movement disorders
- Rehabilitation services – intensive rehabilitative care if needed before transitioning to outpatient rehabilitation services
- Intrathecal baclofen pump (ITB) – for efficient delivery of medication for muscle and posture problems
- Seating and Mobility Clinic – for evaluation and use of medical equipment and devices that make your child’s life easier
- Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) – to target the specific nerves causing spasticity (severe muscle tightness).
Research and Clinical Trials
As part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s, Kruer Lab researchers investigate the genetic basis of childhood movement disorders disease to improve care and quality of life for kids with nervous system disorders. Qualified patients may be eligible to participate in our clinical research.
Our researchers routinely partner with other academic leaders on pioneering projects. We also train tomorrow’s leaders through our pediatric movement disorders fellowship.
Our nationally recognized physicians are dedicated to focusing on your child's unique needs in the following specialties: