Neuromotor Disorders Program

Many children experience neuromotor issues — meaning walking, balancing, and movement. The NeuroMotor Disorders Program at the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Brain and Spine Center brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists who have been trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of these movement disorders in children and adolescents.

We evaluate children with any movement disorder, but we commonly see children with cerebral palsy, dystonia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumors, and similar conditions. Many children with known diagnoses come to us in search of alternative options for care; others are misdiagnosed and therefore have not been treated effectively. Some parents and physicians may not know what options even exist.  

Because the specialists in the Neuromotor Disorders Program come from different specialties, we have the ability to look at a child’s issue from multiple perspectives. Our strategy is to identify exactly what’s limiting the child’s movement and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Our first line of treatment is always non-surgical — our collaborative approach means that we’ll always exhaust all non-invasive options before we discuss surgical intervention.

If a child does require surgery, our program offers the combined resources of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery to ensure the child receives the best possible care.

If surgery is indicated, options include minimally invasive procedures with quick recovery times. Our treatments include:

  • Botox injections
  • Neurectomy
  • Minimally invasive selective dorsal rhizotomy
  • Intrathecal Baclofen infusion for spasticity
  • Intraventricular Baclofen infusion for dystonia
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Muscle and tendon lengthenings
  • Tendon transfers
  • Rotational osteotomies
  • Complex hip reconstruction
  • Foot realignment surgery
  • Crouch gait surgery

Call our office for an appointment at 212-746-2363. Our intake specialist will make your appointment and walk you through the process.

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Our Care Team

  • Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Residency Director
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  • Pediatric Physiatrist
  • Director of Rehabilitation Services, HSS
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
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