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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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Stiff foot unable to bend and I have cerebral palsy what should I do?

Stiff foot unable to bend and I have cerebral palsy what should I do?

Long standing ?: It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you have discomfort there are a set of options to reduce spasticity (increased muscle tone due to upper motor neuron disease). If you are having difficulty getting about because of the food being in a disadvantageous position there are other options (botox, surgery, gradual splinting. This is one situation where I as a neurologist refer to PM&R. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to correct or get rid of cerebral palsy in my left leg?

Can you tell me how to correct or get rid of cerebral palsy in my left leg?

Unlikely to happen: By definition, cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement and or posture caused by injury to the brain during the formative years.The brain cells that have been damaged cannot be repaired. Treatment focuses on physical therapy to teach remaining nerves to work around the defects as well as possible. Diligent efforts in therapy can reduce the impact of CP but seldom remove all the effects. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy swollen foot. Is it due to heat?

Cerebral palsy swollen foot. Is it due to heat?

Probably not: If the foot stays swollen more commonly injury or circulatory issue. See your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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Pain in right foot on the right side and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Pain in right foot on the right side and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Sorry the foot: hurts. If this is a chronic issue see your neurologist (please take your shoes off before he examines you) If its related to the upper motor neuron condition (CP) there are treatments available. If you think its just a sprain or bruise you can be seen by a primary care provider. ...Read more

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Walking and left foot gives out almost fell I have spastic cerebral palsy pain goes down side of my left foot?

Walking and left foot gives out almost fell I have spastic cerebral palsy pain goes down side of my left foot?

Such problems R com-: -mon in spastic CP. If this happens often you may need a brace or custom footwear. Most larger clinics have CP clinics where U would B evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist, & a prosthetics specialist as well as PT & OT. Try 2 find one near U & get an appt 2 B Cn. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy and sometimes my feet get swollen and I feel a pinching and burning sensation when I move my foot. What could this be?

I have cerebral palsy and sometimes my feet get swollen and I feel a pinching and burning sensation when I move my foot. What could this be?

See doctor: With such an underlying illness you need to stay close to your doctor. You may have injured the foot and perhaps do not even know. Let your doctor check you ...Read more

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Top of right foot swollen I have spastic cerebral palsy and I'm a cashier always on my feet when I walk it hurts to put weight on my right foot?

Top of right foot swollen I have spastic cerebral palsy and I'm a cashier always on my feet when I walk it hurts to put weight on my right foot?

Stress to Bone.: Standing for long periods of time can put increased stress on the feet. Swelling on top of foot and pain when you put weight on it, could mean that you have developed a stress fracture. Start applying ice and elevate the foot. Resting it with the elevation will help. You will need to see a doctor if the swelling and pain persists. ...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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Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time. ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy have kids?

Yes: The reproductive system in the vast majority of adults with CP is normal and they can have children. Cerebral palsy is not a cause of infertility. However, some people with CP have other disabilities or medical conditions that might make having children an issue. ...Read more

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Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Define "mild": Some clumsy people really have a very mild form of CP, but their issues seldom if ever cause limitations. Unless being chosen last for a pick up game is a limitation. Limitations are directly related to the intensity of the CP. With no more background information than you gave, we can not provide more specific comments. ...Read more

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Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

Unexpected injury: On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. ...Read more

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How can I know which kind of cerebral palsy do I have?

Have an office visit: Your regular doc may have the experience to provide you with the label you seek. The classifications revolve around which or how many limbs are involved, the type of muscle tone, the effect on mobility etc. Neurologists and or physical medicine specialists may also provide you with the information. ...Read more

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What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

Preemies?: Although many answers are possible children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are statistically more likely to have cp. This does not directly answer the question, but any condition which results in early birth could theoretically increase one person's risk of having a child affected by cp. ...Read more

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Which type of charity events exist to support cerebral palsy?

Which type of charity events exist to support cerebral palsy?

Check your local: Check with your local group or children's hospital and they can direct you. ...Read more

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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What can I expect?

I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What can I expect?

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. Adults with mild CP have relatively normal lives. ...Read more

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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What is in store for me?

Non progressive: cerebral palsy is a non progressive condition. You should not expect yoiur current condition to deteriorate from a nervous system standpint. However, since you have been recently diagnosed, I expect you have some orthopedic issues, they may become a bit more problematic. I would see a physical medicine specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Possibly: CP is a broad collection of movement disorders. Each case is unique & outcomes are variable. Early and agressive therapy and medical management of associated problems can provide a chance of upright mobility later. At some point the affected kid may let go of trying to move like others & decide s/he is too slow that way & a wheel chair or other assistive device makes life better. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy & mental illness common?

Behavior cer palsy: Behavioral problems are common in children with cerebral palsy. Child psychiatric disorders were found in 57% of the children, including 28 children meeting criteria for an attention deficit disorder, which was the most common (bjorgaas et al 2012) communication problem was significantly associated with having a psychiatric disorder. Early evaluation for children with CP may prevent severe behavio. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Rarely: CP involves an insult to the motor cortex of the brain physically located away from all the brain centers involved with hearing.The injury could occur at any point & is often thought to be infection, poor blood flow or oxygen deficit in the area.If the injury/infection/event that triggers the motor injury also attacks the hearing mechanism it might be involved.But this is an exception not the rule ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy run in some families?

Does cerebral palsy run in some families?

No: Cerebral Palsy is the result of a brain injury experienced during the pregnancy, labor or delivery. It is not inheritable. However, there are other conditions that can mimic the appearance of cerebral palsy. You shoud consult a pediatric neurologist or genetics specialist for more information. ...Read more

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My son is 18 m old having cerebral palsy? Hw to cure

No cure : But treatment may help a great deal best would be to get referral to a pediatric center for evaluation by multiple specalists including orthopedic surgeons / neurologist etc best wishes these things are difficult but help is out there. ...Read more

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Can I have both asperger's syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Can I have both asperger's syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Aspergers: Yes for sure but seek out a good md and licensed psychologist who can differentiate issues associated with both. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. Check it! http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

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