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What Are the Latest Treatments in CP?

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 12th, 2009

Although cerebral palsy is an unfortunate disease, luckily for cerebral palsy patients, science is constantly developing new treatments that can help people with this affliction. One of the newest treatments available is stem cell therapy.

Just what are stem cells?

Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to differentiate into different specialized cells that include bone cells, muscle cells, skin cells and so on. Stem cells can come from both embryos and adult tissue.

According to Xcell-Center, the majority of the cerebral palsy patients are injected with stem cells in the cerebrospinal fluid – and the stem cells are in turn transported to the brain. There is also a newer procedure available that directly implants the stem cells directly in the brain.

Success Story

Dr. David Steenblock from Mission Viejo, California discovered firsthand that a 16-year-old girl with cerebral palsy made significant improvements after stem cell therapy. As MedicalNewsToday reports: “The patient had right side paralysis and spasticity since birth. Five hours after the raw bone marrow infusion, she was able to move her right toe for the first time in her life. That evening, she was able to walk. Within three weeks, she was also able to move her fingers on her right hand and hold a cup for the first time.”

If someone you know, or yourself, has suffered from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice, you could be eligible to seek monetary compensation. Call us or complete our form today to discover if we can help you learn about your legal rights regarding this unfortunate situation.