Hemiplegia is a form of cerebral palsy that affects one arm and leg on the same side of the body. For most children with hemiplegia, the arm is more involved than the leg and the end of the limbs have more problems. The wrist and hand have more physical problems than the shoulder, with the elbow literally somewhere in the middle. Similarly, the ankle and foot will exhibit more difficulties than the knee.
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What’s the problem?
Hemiplegia is caused by damage to a part of the brain, which can occur before, during, or soon after birth, when it is known as congenital hemiplegia. If it occurs later in childhood (up to age 3), it is called acquired hemiplegia. Generally, injury to the left side of the brain will cause a right hemiplegia and injury to the right side a left hemiplegia. Childhood hemiplegia is a relatively common condition, affecting up to one child in 1,000.
Symptoms of Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy
Hemiplegic CP can cause trouble with walking; a patient may have difficulty with balance. Tasks using the hands such as writing or sewing may be difficult. The muscles on one side of the body may be stiff and weak (this is the most common symptom). Children with spastic hemiplegia may be developmentally delayed; they may not sit up, crawl, walk or talk as soon as other children do (this is another very common symptom).
Some individuals with hemiplegia may experience seizures. This form of CP can also affect the intelligence. Approximately a quarter of all children with spastic hemiplegia have an IQ below 70 (mental retardation).
Hemiplegic CP Treatment
The treatment of hemiplegia is geared towards trying to develop maximum function of the paralyzed body. To prevent complications, the individual is placed on blood thinners to ensure that blood clots do not form. The primary therapy for individuals who have paralysis include entering a program of physical and occupational therapy. Those individuals who can’t speak may need to undergo speech therapy and learn how to speak, write and understand speech. Physical therapy is vital and may include daily living activities to keep the muscles stimulated and prevent joint contractures. Some individuals may benefit from anti spasmodic drugs to relieve muscle spasms. Sometimes the surgeon may have to relieve joint contractures to relieve the deformity from prolonged spasticity.
Do I have a Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
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