spastic cerebral palsy

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form or type of cerebral palsy, and is characterized by muscles that are stiff and tight with an increased resistance to being stretched.

A child with spastic cerebral palsy has muscle groups that are tight, limiting the amount and range of movements that can be performed. For example, children with spastic cerebral palsy have difficulty in moving from one position to another and have a hard time holding on to and letting go of objects. Hand-eye coordination is diminished in children with spastic cerebral palsy as the underlying injury affects these coordinating, and often necessary, movements as well.

How does spastic cerebral palsy muscle function? Normal muscle groups work in pairs: one muscle contracts while the opposing muscle relaxes. This simultaneous function allows for the desired range of movements. In a child with spastic cerebral palsy, both the main and opposing muscles become active at the same time, causing both muscle groups to tense simultaneously, or become spastic, leading to a range of movement problems.

Spastic cerebral palsy can be controlled by certain treatments, including oral medications, Botox injections, Baclofen infusions, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, and leg braces.

Injections of Botox into muscles have been used recently in the last few years as a method of treatment for spastic cerebral palsy. Botox can weaken muscles for 3-4 months after injection, reducing spasticity in a limited group of muscles damaged as a result of spastic cerebral palsy. Botox injections and its ability to reduce spasticity are only temporary.

Baclofen infusions use an implanted pump in the abdominal wall and can be effective in reducing spasticity in spinal cord injuries as well as in the reduction cerebral palsy muscle spasticity. Infusions are not permanent. There are also many dangerous risks involved with Baclofen, including overdose, meningitis, and other complications that can require hospitalization. In addition, long term effects of this method for treating spastic cerebral palsy are not known.

Orthopedic operations, including muscle release and tendon-lengthening procedures, are used to treat the deformities associated with spastic cerebral palsy. Improving the range of motion of the joints makes it easier for children with spastic cerebral palsy to move and function with the lower limbs. Muscle weakness and abnormal postures and deformities are a major side effect of these operations, and these operations do NOT treat muscle spascity itself - only the effects.

If you believe or want to find out if your child's spastic cerebral palsy condition could have been prevented or was a result of medical malpractice, negligence, misdiagnosis, or not diagnosed at all, contact our birth injury attorneys.

When doctors, nurses, staff, and medical facilities fall below the minimum standard of skill and care to which their profession demands, medical malpractice and negligence is an unfortunate but likely result. At the Rasansky Law Firm, we question why these healthcare professionals failed to do everything possible to prevent your child's injuries. We regularly consult with Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologists, Maternal Fetal Specialists, Neonatologists, and Pediatric Neurologists to determine whether your child's injuries should have been prevented.

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