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How Does Cerebral Palsy Occur
...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
In their own way: Normal is different for everybody, so this is a little hard to define. But many people with cerebral palsy can lead happy productive lives and even pursue education, marriage, and employment. The best way to know what is available is to have consultation with a physical medicine and rehabiltation specialist. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: Sleep deprivation affects different people in different ways. The way it will affect someone with CP may depend to some extent on what their primary type of CP is. People with increased tone and spasticity will have more tone and spasticity. Those with poor balance will have worse balance etc. ...Read more
Depends on situation: A majority of CP patients with mild movement problems & no additional related complications will live a normal lifespan. Those with added issues such as seizure disorders can expect less. I have had patients with major, multi-system involvement that never made it through puberty. Each case is somewhat unique & prognosis defined by the level of involvement. ...Read more
Examination findings: There is no specific diagnostic test for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on the basis of the findings on examination including abnormalities of muscle tone, limitation of movement at joints, and abnormality of reflexes. There may be developmental delay, speech problems and visual abnormalities accompanying the motor abnormanlities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally doesn't: By definition, CP is a condition where brain injury to the motor cortex effects movement & posture. It does so by interfering with nerve messages that would go to skeletal muscles. It has no direct effect on the bodies organs. If the injury that created the CP was extensive enough, it could trigger seizures. visual defects or similar secondary problems. However, this is from the extra injury. ...Read more
Nice and normal time: In the absence of severe medical complications, the condition of cerebral palsy alone should not limit a nice normal life. Some patients do have epilepsy and severe swallowing difficulties that lead to aspiration. These conditions need to be treated aggressively and appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: In a perfect world we would understand all the contributing factors & know how to stop them. But we don't. Studies of more than 50,000 pregnancies were reported in the late 70's.More than half the kids with some form of CP had a normal pregnancy, labor & delivery. In reality, the best you can do is pursue a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy with good prenatal care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?
Brain damage: the brain damage is permanent. The extent of the functional problems can be helped with physical and occupational therapy. If necessary, rehabilitation services should b esought at a mulyi disciplinary program and supplemented with early intervention services. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lessened not fixed: The injury producing CP is like having your spinal cord cut, only higher up and preserving some working nerves. The nerves that are destroyed are never repaired or regrown.Physical therapy and occupational therapy can often help minimize impairment if started young.Botox injections & surgery can sometimes help reduce problems with specific muscle groups.However, there is no "fix" for CP. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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