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Doctor insights on: Cerebral Palsy And Heel Cord Lengthening

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I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords. When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching? What should I do?

I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords.  When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching?  What should I do?

Tight heel cords: Not clear when you say you can't feel the stretching whether you can't feel ANYTHING in your ankles/feet or just can't feel that. If you haven't done these things already, consider seeing a physiatrist &/or a physical therapist for evaluation and recommendations. Also surgical tendon release is done in some cases. A physiatrist can refer you to an orthopedist if necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

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Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Burning heel: With your history of Cerebral Palsy and being on your feet all day. I wonder if you may be stretching your tendons more than usual. See your doctor for an assessment and care. All the best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cerebral palsy, and tendon lengthening?

Can you tell me about cerebral palsy, and tendon lengthening?

Cerebral palsy: Tendon lengthening is done in children with cerebral palsy where the tendon is too tight and does now allow the joint to move adequately. In well selected cases this technique can be quite helpful to the patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Cerebral palsy is a : group of disorders of impaired motor functions described by the way they limit mobility, posture, arm/ hand use & oral motor skills. In kids with CP, growth is slower than that of neurotypical peers, the difference is greater with age. Puberty may be delayed & last longer. Poor oral motor function, endocrine problems & gastroesophageal reflux all can impact nutrition, growth & body composition. ...Read more

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Why can't a person with cerebral palsy have a reversal drug such as narcan?

Clarification: Are you asking if Narcan reverses cp? No, it doesn't. Sometimes Botox is used for flexion contractures in hypertonic CP ( increased muscle tone, decreased strength.) sometimes surgery is used for tight heel cords, either spinal or at the heel cords themselves.With hypotonia, low resistance to passive movement & decreased strength, no medication increases tone. Physical & occupational therapy help. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some of the newest medications, therapies, surgeries etc that can help people with cerebral palsy?

From ortho standpoin: ...T, we r involved in preventing contractures, ; directing pt ; home stretching programs. Also surgery is done to loosen tight contractures by selective cutting of extremely deforming muscles ; transfer of muscles 2 make up 4 deficiencies of others. Example: heel cord lengthening or transfer of post tib 2 a position that makes it an ankle dorsiflexor, , insteadof an invertor of the foot. ...Read more

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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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Can cerebral palsy be cured, or at least reversed partly?

Can cerebral palsy be cured, or at least reversed partly?

Some > than others: CP is a broad term applied to a disorder of movement & posture related to brain injury occurring at any time from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday.If the muscle control centers of the brain have been damaged, those cells are lost.. Babies have some ability to re-wire some functions, so PT can help. Most improve some with age, some have major difficulties in life ...Read more

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What are the main challenges of cerebral palsy?

Several: I can explain only the orthopedic aspects of CP as that is my specialty. There are primary secondary and tertiary issues in cp. The primary issue is in the brain. The secondary issues are deformity or spasticity, athetoid movements or balance issues that result from the primary issue. Then there are tertiary issues which are compensations for the secondary issues. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Cerebral palsy 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. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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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