Spastic cerebral palsy occurs when the cerebral cortex is damaged. It is the most common form of cerebral palsy, affecting 70 to 80 percent of patients. Spastic CP has varying forms, depending on the area of the body it affects, whether it is one side of the body or just the legs.
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What’s the problem?
In normal cases, muscles function in pairs – one to send the signal to the brain, and the other to carry the brain’s command back to the concerned body area. Both work in tandem, one following the other, to ensure the desired free movement. In spastic CP, both sets of muscles become active together. Their messages flood the nervous system – the spinal cord, nerves, & neurons – and create a virtual traffic jam. This leads to tenseness in the muscle, which blocks simple movement. In spastic CP, the cerebral cortex and gray matter (where neurons are located) are damaged, causing the muscles to malfunction.
Symptoms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Although the exact symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy will vary according to the type and severity of a patient’s condition, in most cases, spastic cerebral palsy symptoms include:
- crossed eyes
- difficulties speaking
- learning disabilities
- ‘scissored’ gait
- vision problems
- dysfunction of tongue and/or mouth muscles (which is usually accompanied by drooling)
- toe-walking (the act of walking with all weight rolled onto toes and little, if any, placed on the heels)
Spastic Cerebral Palsy Treatments
The methods of treatment depend on the development of the patient and severity of the condition. For parents without medical knowledge, deciding on treatment can be very difficult, confusing and frustrating. Parents in this situation should consult with a team composed of a neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist, pediatrician, and a physical therapist.
Do I have a Spastic Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
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