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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
547 doctors shared insights

Cerebral Palsy (Overview)

Refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time.


Dr. George Gantsoudes Dr. Gantsoudes
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
13 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

It depends : There are certain milestones that we look for, among them head control, independent sitting, the achievement of mature reflexes and the loss of immature reflexes. Your pediatrician will monitor for these and make referrals as necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
547 doctors shared insights

Cerebral Palsy (Overview)

Refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time.


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs. ...Read more

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Dr. Eliezer Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Clinical Psychology
39 years in practice
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

Some CP patients with severe physical limitations lead a very satisfactory sexual and intimate life. ...See more

Dr. Chirag Patel Dr. Patel
Neurology
years in practice
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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Living with Cerebral Palsy (Checklist)

Learn about CP. The more you know, the more you can help your child
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Treat your son or daughter as you would a child without disabilities
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Learn from professionals how to meet your child’s special needs
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Don't be ashamed to ask for help from family and friends
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher Dr. Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

Delayed motor skills: CP kids often have a delay in showing motor skills, abnormally stiff of loose muscle tone, handedness before their 1st birthday ; abnormal movements. A history of a related risk factor is also likely. As the patient ages, the long term effect of the disorder varies. Although the process is stable, more trouble with mobility may be evident as lifestyle demands more movement. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

Many ways to help CP to improve speech and movement. ...See more

Dr. Kevin Windisch Dr. Windisch
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Is there a  new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

Ask your doctor what to do if you're having trouble speaking, moving your joints, and had this since birth. ...See more

Dr. Richard Simmons Dr. Simmons
Pediatrics - Neurology
14 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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Will docs only diagnose cerebral palsy when there are definitive findings on mri? What clinical signs might they use instead?

Will docs only diagnose cerebral palsy when there are definitive findings on mri? What clinical signs might they use instead?

Clinical diagnosis: CP is clasically defined as a motor disorder with no effect on cognition. The primary types are spastic diplegia (weakness and spasticity in both legs), spastic hemiplegia (one side of the body), triplegia (three extremities involved), and quadriplegia. An MRI is often helpful when making the diagnosis, but it is not always necessary. A good history and exam is usually sufficient. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What are tests for cerebral palsy diagnosis please?

What are tests for cerebral palsy diagnosis please?

No tests for CP: There are no tests specific for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on clinical examination results. CAT scan or MRI is used to determine what happened to the brain. There are some blood tests for intrauterine infection that are used. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

Treatment can improve an affected person's capabilities, increase motor function and independence. ...See more

Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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How should you deal with your limitations when you have cerebral palsy?

Learn to adapt: The important goal is to be as normal as possible. Clever therapists can help. Independence in dressing, washing, feeding, and even toileting are important goals. Ability to be out in stores and restaurants is very important. Good communication is very important. These skills may need special adaptive aides and special training. What was impossible is now possible. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What causes cerebral palsy?

Injury to nerves: CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Eliezer Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Clinical Psychology
39 years in practice
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

To parents of a child with CP "teach your child to have an open mind and feel no shame.". ...See more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My neurologists say I have cerebral palsy. What does this mean?

Variable diagnosis: Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or posture related to injury to nerves controlling those functions that occurred some time in the developmental period.(pregnancy to age 3y) it implys a permanent but stable process, where new injury or deterioration is not expected, but might occur from lack of use. It is quite a variable diagnosis from very mild to incompasitating. ...Read more

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Dr. William Goldie Dr. Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
44 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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Can stem cells be used to treat cerebral palsy.?

NO: There are no studies at present that confirm the benefit of stem cell treatment for patients with cerebral palsy. If they are to be effective, they must be used very early on when the brain is trying to re-organize following damage. Trying to use stem cells in the older child or adult will be of little value. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham Dr. Pinkham
Holistic Medicine
49 years in practice
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
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Cerebral palsy (Tip)

Relax tight muscles by applying topical magnesium oil a few times a day or soaking in epsom salts. ...See more

Dr. Eric Levey Dr. Levey
Pediatrics
24 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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What type of doctor best treats an adult patient with moderate cerebral palsy?

Rehab physician: Depends on the problem, but for overall cp-related care i would recommend a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (pm&r). For seizures, a neurologist; for constipation and gerd, gi. For scoliosis or hip pain, orthopedics. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
1,050 doctors shared insights

Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more