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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after hand doctors for the treatment of upper extremity cerebral palsy in Palm Beach. Patients with cerebral palsy suffer from spasticity of the muscles that limits their ability to control their hand. Cerebral palsy can also severely affect the elbow and forearm function. The disease can be limited to mild spasticity, but in some cases the spasticity is severe enough to eliminate any function of the arm and hand. Treatment of this condition requires a team including neurologists, pediatricians, and hand specialists.

Cerebral Palsy Symptoms and Diagnosis

A happy young boy suffering from Cerebral Palsy.


The spasticity seen in patients with cerebral palsy is caused by damaged to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary muscle movement. This leads to increased involuntary activity in some muscles, leading to the typical postures seen in these patients. Some of these postures include: wrist flexion, forearm pronation, clenched thumbs and fingers. In some cases the posture can lead to difficulty in hygiene and skin breakdown.



Weakening of spastic muscles is usually achieved by lengthening the muscles’ tendon. The tendons start at the muscle and attach to bone. When the tendons are lengthened the muscles loosens some of its tension and reliefs the spasticity. Muscles can also be weakened by loosening their origin on bone so that they are not as tight.

Recovery and Downtime

Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Cerebral Palsy Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for treatment of upper extremity cerebral palsy. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best upper extremity cerebral palsy treatment Palm Beach can offer.


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