Cerebral palsy is a disease that impedes neurological development and results in abnormal and awkward movements, especially when it comes to walking. Not all people with cerebral palsy are ambulant, but those who can walk exhibit noticeably atypical gaits.
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What’s the problem?
Cerebral palsy gait aberrations are the result of neurological damage to the part of the brain that regulates the muscles and other parts of the body responsible for ambulation. CP gait abnormalities are typically presented around the time that a child begins to walk. Many children with cerebral palsy will begin to walk and master other developmental tasks later than average. While most children begin to walk at a little over one year of age, cerebral palsy children may not begin to walk until the age of four, and some may not even walk independently at all. The individual nature of a person’s condition will affect the onset and extent of cerebral palsy gait problems.
Cerebral Palsy Gait Characteristics
In general, cerebral palsy gaits are characterized by non-fluent and non-coordinated movements that feature muscle spasticity and excessive flexing of the knee and ankle joints. Depending on the body part or parts most involved in the irregular gait, the cerebral palsied patient will show different types of atypical gaits, such as toe-walking and ‘crouch’ gait. Gait assessment is a useful tool for identifying specific gait dysfunctions and guiding treatment, which usually includes the use of orthotic devices.
Assistance for CP Gait
Cerebral palsy gait problems can often be fixed or improved through surgery and mechanical support equipment. Gait analysis can be performed by a specialist in order to discover a patient’s precise problems and how to better facilitate ambulation. CP gait analysis is a painless process which can help discover what types of surgery, physical therapy, and support equipment would best help a patient. In some cases, a patient with cerebral palsy develops their condition as a result of another person’s negligence. In these cases, it may be possible to seek compensation for the cost of cerebral palsy gait analysis procedures.
Do I have a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
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