Diplegia is a form of cerebral palsy primarily affecting the legs. Most children with CP will also have some problem with their arms, but with diplegia, they are less involved and less severe. Most children with diplegia have spasticity, and have difficulty with balance and coordination.
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What’s the problem?
Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy tends to affect the legs of a patient more than the arms. Spastic diplegia CP patients have more extensive involvement of the lower extremity than the upper extremity. This allows most people with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy to eventually walk. The gait of a person with this type of CP is typically characterized by a crouched gait. Toe walking and flexed knees are also common attributes, and can be corrected with proper treatment and gait analysis.
Symptoms of Spastic Diplegia
The symptoms of spastic diplegia include spastic legs, meaning stiff or contracted. The legs are weak and walking is difficult. People with spastic diplegia often walk with a “scissor gait” caused by tight muscles in the hips and legs. The muscles become so tight, the legs want to turn inward and sometimes cross over each other at the knees. A spastic diplegia victim’s arm, face, and neck muscles are usually affected to a lesser degree than the legs. Outside of the physical characteristics of spastic diplegia, the disorder is often accompanied by mental retardation.
Spastic Diplegia Treatment Options
The goal of any treatment intervention for cerebral palsy is to increase joint range of motion by decreasing the individual’s rigidity or spasticity. Several modes of treatment have been developed to reduce symptoms of cerebral palsy. These include therapy or rehabilitation, tendon transfer surgery, selective posterior rhizotomy, as well as medicinal interventions. All of these treatments have been shown to be effective; however, each treatment plan is different, depending on the severity and etiology of the physical disability for each individual.
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