Cerebral Palsy

Shriners Hospital in Sacramento cares for children with cerebral palsy (CP). Children benefit from a comprehensive program that includes movement analysis, spasticity management, complex surgical care and rehabilitation. At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, we believe that every child deserves the brightest possible future. Children who are born with a disability require specialized care to allow them to rise to their highest potential. Our multi-disciplinary team of experts cares for children with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common cause of motor disability in children in North America and worldwide.

Make an appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at ncal.info@shrinenet.org. A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 300 children is identified with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects a child’s coordination, balance, and ability to walk. Many children with cerebral palsy will have spasticity, or tight muscles, that make walking and balance more difficult. Each child with cerebral palsy has a unique pattern of neurological involvement, some with barely noticeable differences and others with more significant disability. Driven by excellence in all facets of care, Shriners Hospital is home to one of the largest cerebral palsy programs in Northern California.

Shriners Success Story


Meet Athena Johnson

Medical Concentration

  • Equinovalgus
  • Equinovarus – neuromuscular club foot
  • Femoral antiversion
  • Femoral valgus
  • Gait disorders
  • Hallux valgus – neuromuscular bunion
  • Hip dislocation
  • Hip subluxation
  • Pes Cavus – high arched foot
  • Planovalgus – neuromuscular flat foot
  • Scoliosis
  • Spasticity

The Medical Team

Jon R. Davids, M.D.
Assistant Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence
Medical Director, Motion Analysis Center

Vedant Kulkarni, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Loren Davidson, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist
Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Program

Fatema L. Iqbal, M.D. M.S.
Musculoskeletal Pediatrician

Anita Bagley, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Movement Analysis Lab

Karen Howes, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.
Nurse Practitioner

Heather Davis, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.
Nurse Practitioner

Jason Montez, R.N.
Case Manager


The Center for Excellence in Cerebral Palsy actively engages in clinical research to improve outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. Physicians closely examine the results of cerebral palsy treatment through clinical outcome studies. The clinical research is complemented by scientific studies performed at the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine (IPRM), a joint project of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Located inside the Northern California Shriners Hospital, the IPRM is home to an international team of scientists devoted to bringing discoveries from the research laboratory to the bedside. 

The Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence

Since cerebral palsy affects so many facets of a child’s life, we believe that bringing together services for these children into one center allows for complete care of the child. All children benefit from a comprehensive program that includes movement analysis, spasticity management, complex surgical care and rehabilitation. Our on-site team includes a musculoskeletal pediatrician, physical and occupational therapists, kinesiologists, and orthotists. Patients also benefit from clinical trials and scientific research led by doctors and scientists determined to improve outcomes for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. All care takes place in a state-of-the-art medical center devoted exclusively to the medical needs of children.

Shriners Hospital Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE)

This section of our website is intended to instruct on the correct administration of the Shriners Hospital Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE).  After reading through the Introduction, Test Administration, and Test Scoring and Interpretation sections, proceed to the Case Studies section to view example SHUEE videos.  Blank scoring forms are provided under the Forms section for practice.  Correct scores for each case study are provided with the videos. Printable version of SHUEE manual

Patient Referral

916-453-2111 (Emergency Referral)
916-453-2395 (fax)

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