The Valley Hospital’s Kireker Center for Child Development in Ridgewood offers the area’s only center providing comprehensive care for children with spasticity caused by cerebral palsy, stroke, or other neurological issues. The Valley Hospital Center for Pediatric Spasticity provides patients and their families with the convenience of seeing several pediatric specialists during the same appointment time.
Back row, left to right: Angela D'Alessandro, MD; Patricia Siegel, PT; Peter Heilbroner, MD; Elaine Cheteyan, CSW; Ken Scher, Orthotist; and Susan Bell, RN, CPNP.
Seated, left to right: David Konigsberg, MD; and Richard Anderson, MD.
Spasticity is rigidness and muscle spasms, which can occur frequently in children with cerebral palsy, those who have suffered a stroke, or those who have other neurological issues. At The Valley Hospital Center for Pediatric Spasticity, patients have the opportunity to be evaluated by pediatric physiatrist and director of the Center for Pediatric Spasticity Angela D’Alessandro, M.D.; pediatric neurosurgeon Richard Anderson, M.D.; pediatric orthopedist David E. Konigsberg, M.D.; and pediatric neurologist Peter Heilbroner, M.D. The Center for Pediatric Spasticity’s team also includes physical, occupational, and speech therapists; social workers; and orthotists and prosthetists who manufacture custom braces, prostheses, and assistive devices for patients.
“When we see a patient together at the same office visit, everyone benefits,” says Dr. D’Alessandro, who directs the Center for Pediatric Spasticity and specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation for children. “The patients benefit from the coordinated medical expertise of many specialists; the parents benefit from having all services available in one location; and we physicians benefit from being able to evaluate our patients together and consult with each other on site. This affords us the ability to develop an optimal treatment plan for each individual child.”
The Center for Pediatric Spasticity evolved from the Kireker Center for Child Development’s successful cerebral palsy program, the only one of its kind in Bergen and Passaic counties. Treatment for patients with spasticity might include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, oral medications, injectable medications, bracing, orthopedic surgery, or neurosurgery. Dr. D’Alessandro has achieved great success using Botox at the center to relax tightened muscles. Many of Dr. Richard Anderson’s patients can be helped with an implanted intrathecal pump that administers medication to the spinal cord to reduce spasticity.
“Our physicians at the Center for Pediatric Spasticity are leaders in their fields, who are using the most advanced treatment methods to help our young patients improve their functioning and quality of life,” says Frank Manginello, M.D., director of neonatology at The Valley Hospital and medical director of the Kireker Center for Child Development. “Our Center for Pediatric Spasticity boosts Valley’s pediatric capabilities to new heights and offers parents the comfort of knowing that all the services their children need are right here in their community.”
The Valley Hospital Center for Pediatric Spasticity is located at the Kireker Center for Child Development on Goffle Road in Ridgewood. For more information or to make an appointment, call 201-251-3304. Parents should bring results from their child’s previous laboratory tests, X-rays, imaging studies, or medical reports with them for the initial visit.