Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of cerebral palsy. People with this form of cerebral palsy suffer from tight muscles on one or both sides of the body which can result in:
- Stiff or clumsy movements
- Abnormal growth and development of muscles and joints
- Difficulty getting around
- Trouble grasping and releasing objects
Children with spastic cerebral palsy may require leg braces or a walker because their extremities can become deformed as they age. However, their cognition and language skills are usually unaffected.
Treatment of spastic cerebral palsy
A number of treatments are available for Erie spastic cerebral palsy depending on the symptoms of the individual patient. Some possibilities are:
- Medication, including Valium and baclofen (taken orally or infused abdominally)
- Botox injections
- Physical therapy
- Orthopedic surgery
Birth injury litigation
Numerous risk factors before, during and after birth are associated with cerebral palsy. A pregnant mother with diabetes, poor nutrition or high blood pressure could contribute to cerebral palsy. A premature or breeched (feet first) delivery or slow heart rate may also be to blame. Additionally, insufficient oxygen to the brain, an infection such as meningitis or a seizure can lead to cerebral palsy.
Because so many risk factors are related to cerebral palsy, doctors need to be vigilant during prenatal care and delivery. A responsible doctor should monitor the health of both the child and mother constantly and act in accordance with all known safety precautions to prevent cerebral palsy.
Even though the causes of cerebral palsy are still quite misunderstood, there are cases where a doctor’s mistake leads to cerebral palsy. Proving medical negligence requires the help of a birth injury attorney who is well versed in litigation.