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What do you suggest if my son has cerebral palsy, school does not have room for him or lvn for his meds?

What do you suggest if my son has cerebral palsy, school does not have room for him or lvn for his meds?

Consult his doctor: It is time for your son's doctor to advocate for access to education. Some children may benefit from mainstreaming, but you may also consider other options that may be available within your school district. Going directly to your district administrator to discuss options is also a good idea. ...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


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How common is cerebral palsy?

How common is cerebral palsy?

Too common: Cerebral palsy is a broad term for any static encephalopathy that affects motor function. Many cases are found in infants due to disorders or defects of the brain. Some are due to stroke in utero. Some from birth injury. Most are of uncertain cause. Some are acquired due to trauma or infection of the brain. Some edtimate that 5% to 8% of all births will result in some form of cp. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction--- depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function. ...Read more

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Could i drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed. ...Read more

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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

No: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth. There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are the different level of cerebral palsy?

Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe. ...Read more

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With cerebral palsy should I be taking medicine?

Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation,etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read more

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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. 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