What is SDR?

SDR is a surgical procedure that divides some of the nerve fibres in the spinal cord to reduce stiffness and spasticity in the legs.

It is often useful for children to have physiotherapy prior to the operation to make sure they are strong as possible to maximise the outcomes of the surgery. After surgery your child’s legs are likely to be less stiff but it is also common for them to be much weaker. They will find it difficult to move in the ways they did prior to the operation. It is therefore important that SDR is followed up with physiotherapy treatment.

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Child with Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

How MOTIONrehab can help

After the operation it is recommended that physiotherapy gradually increases range of movement and muscle strength. Physiotherapy is also important at re-educating movement patterns to teach your child how to balance and walk.  MOTIONrehab® can support your child’s rehabilitation in the community after they have been discharged from the hospital. We are happy to liaise with NHS services to ensure the physiotherapy is seamless at the point of discharge back home. MOTIONrehab will also consider if rehabilitation technology in one of our award winning intensive rehabilitation centres is appropriate to help with the rehabilitation process. We will help your child achieve their full potential.

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MOTIONrehab can help with

  • Balance
  • Hand & arm function
  • Leg & foot function
  • Walking
  • Spasticity & spasms
  • Posture management
  • Pain
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Transfer abilities
  • Provision of equipment
  • Support school, work, sport or leisure
  • Family/carer education

Specialist Rehabilitation

Motionrehab have specialist expertise in all areas of neurological rehabilitation, ultilising hands-on treatment and using evidence-based rehabilitation robotics and technology. After a bespoke assessment MOTIONrehab provide tailored rehabilitation programmes to optimise the individual’s overall well-being and functional independence. The specific interventions will vary based on the individual’s unique needs and goals.

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Our services

MOTIONrehab accepts national and international referrals. Clients are able to self-refer or alternatively MOTIONrehab accepts referrals from Consultants, GP’s Private Insurance Companies, Personal Injury Claims, CHC, IFR. MOTIONrehab is happy to work in partnership with your GP, Consultant or other health professionals. MOTIONrehab’s services include:

For more information about how MOTIONrehab can help with SDR, speak to our Customer Services Team

Pioneering Intensive Neurological Rehabilitation Centres

MOTIONrehab is well-positioned to offer intensive pre-habilitation and post-surgical rehabilitation for children undergoing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, a procedure aimed at reducing spasticity in cerebral palsy patients. Pre-hab programs focus on preparing the child’s body for surgery through targeted exercises that enhance strength, flexibility, and motor control, which can lead to improved surgical outcomes and a smoother recovery process. Following SDR surgery, MOTIONrehab’s intensive rehabilitation programs are critical in capitalizing on the reduced spasticity to develop new motor skills and functional abilities. Utilizing advanced robotics and gamification, these programs provide tailored, engaging, and repetitive therapeutic activities that accelerate the recovery process, enhance neuroplasticity, and optimize motor function. The structured, immersive nature of these sessions ensures that children remain motivated and committed, which is essential for achieving the best possible post-surgical outcomes and significantly improving their overall quality of life.

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Frequently asked questions

Neurological rehabilitation facilitates the treatment of patients with nervous system or neurological diseases or injury. Rehabilitation aims to increase function, reduce debilitating symptoms, and improve a patient’s quality of life. The types of rehabilitation treatments recommended depend on the areas of the body affected by the neurological condition.

To make an appointment please ring MOTIONrehab Client Services Team on 0800 8600 138 or email: info@MOTIONrehab.co.uk. Alternatively fill out our simple contact form on this page and a member of our client services team will get back to you.

No. You do not need a referral to come to MOTIONrehab. You can self-refer to MOTIONrehab. We work in partnership with other rehabilitation health professionals around the region and are happy to work with the NHS and the private sector. Our large network and knowledge of the rehabilitation sector enables us to access other professionals (such as Occupational Therapists, Orthotists, Seating Specialists) to integrate seamlessly with your physiotherapy treatment.

On arrival you will be provided with our Terms and Conditions of Business and the relevant consent forms to agree to treatment. If you would like to receive these in advance of your appointment please contact our Client Services Team on 0800 8600 138. and they will assist you. If received in advance please bring the completed document with you to the first appointment.

As part of your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will need to take details of your medical history, present condition, allergies/sensitivities and current medications. Please come to the appointment in comfortable clothing, for example, shorts, t-shirt, and trainers.

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For more information about how MOTIONrehab can help with SDR rehabilitation, please feel free to get in touch with us by giving us a call, or alternatively fill out the form here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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