Fifteen-minute consultation: Management of the upper limb in unilateral cerebral palsy

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Children with unilateral cerebral palsy (UCP) have complex health, education and social care needs. Delayed gross motor milestones are the most common presenting feature, and much of the early management focuses on gross motor skills and lower limb management. In later childhood, adolescence and adulthood, upper limb function has significant impact on activity, participation and independence. There is clear pathophysiological rationale and emerging clinical evidence that earlier intervention to improve upper limb function is beneficial. Whereas most children with UCP are managed in secondary care, it is recommended that the assessment and delivery of specialist intervention for the upper limb occurs at a regional centre.

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