SDR Rehabilitation Programme

As more and more children with Cerebral Palsy in the UK are undergoing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery we are very aware of the ever-increasing need for high quality, specialist rehabilitation post-operatively.

We are very lucky at Bristol Neurophysio to have Kat Clarke on the team, who has come straight from a specialist role at the Bristol Children's Hospital, where she was a Team Lead for their SDR service. Kat will now be heading up this service for Bristol Neurophysio alongside our other specialist paediatric physiotherapists.

Research shows that children undergoing this procedure generally do better with more intensive levels of therapy following their surgery but we are very aware that the financial implications of this on a family can be huge. In response to this we now offer a service, which will is led by specialist paediatric physiotherapists, but will utilise the skills of a team of specially trained personal trainers in order to make the overall cost of the service more affordable to our clients.

We understand that every child is unique and their rehabilitation programmes need to reflect this.  Each client coming into the service will be individually assessed by a specialist paediatric physiotherapist who will then put together a bespoke, rehabilitation programme for them. Some of the sessions will then be delivered by our fantastic team of personal trainers but the programme will be reviewed regularly and progressed on as appropriate by a paediatric physiotherapist.

We are able to deliver this service at a location to suit you; either in clinic, at a gym or in your own home.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to make a referral to this service then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Some kind words

Our daughter’s renal failure means that she is delayed with standing and walking at 2 and half years of age. We first started seeing Jules a few months back for an intense block of physiotherapy to build the strength and skills needed for her to eventually stand and walk.  It was really important that the physiotherapist specialised in paediatrics and could work alongside the NHS physiotherapists we also see. Jules immediately put us at ease with her friendly and professional approach and has built a good, trusting relationship with our daughter.  She uses play as a way to get our daughter to engage with the therapy.  Our daughter has really enjoyed all her physio sessions to date and we have seen a notable improvement in her movement.  She has begun to pull herself up and can climb up small steps as well as shuffle down stairs in a controlled manner!

Ms S, Bristol