About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the care and treatment of children and young people with spasticity that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 145.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are:

  • a young person with spasticity as a result of a non-progressive brain disorder, including those with spasticity resulting from cerebral palsy.

  • a parent or carer of a child or young person with spasticity as a result of a non-progressive brain disorder, including those with spasticity resulting from cerebral palsy.

Non-progressive means that the problems in the brain have already happened and will not worsen. However, the effects of the brain disorder may change as the child grows and develops.

No, if you are a young person, or the parent or carer of a child or young person:

  • with spasticity resulting from a progressive brain disorder

  • who does not have spasticity but has a condition called dystonia or other motor disorders.

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