The Musculoskeletal System in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Philosophical Approach to Management


Do we need a paradigm shift in our approach to the assessment and management of the musculoskeletal system in children with cerebral palsy? This book encourages clinicians to reflect on how their thoughts and approaches are shaped by the clinical society. Using new perspectives and expertise, this book will inspire clinicians to rethink conventions about the child with cerebral palsy, consider how they communicate these new concepts to their fellow clinicians, and act to bring about positive changes in the management of children with cerebral palsy.

  • Provides a critical review of the current understanding and management of musculoskeletal deformity in children with cerebral palsy.
  • Transfers current understanding of muscle and bone physiology and function, from the realms of research into mainstream clinical thinking.
  • Advocates for an alternative clinical model of assessment and intervention, focusing on the experience of the child with cerebral palsy and their experience of the world.
  • Proposes the concept of the musculoskeletal system in the child with cerebral palsy as a linked system of interactive processes and subsystems, extending from individual molecules to the child and their environment.


A critical resource for clinicians and researchers involved in the care of children with cerebral palsy including Neurologists, Physical Therapists, Orthopaedic surgeons and Neurosurgeons, as well as researchers and clinicians in the philosophy of medicine.