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My 30months old son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He srill can't walk but he's undergoing physical therapy. Is there a chance for him to walk?

My 30months old son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He srill can't walk but he's undergoing physical therapy. Is there a chance for him to walk?

Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy has a wide range of severity. Many children with CP are able to walk. It would be helpful to discuss the specifics of the nature of your son's cerebral palsy with your doctor. Depending on the nature and severity your son may require physical therapy, braces or aids, or surgical pricedures. I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic surgeon. ...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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I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

Continue: She should continue with physical therapy as long as it helps. As she gets older, some physical activities will take the place of the PT, but do not rush to end it if she is still benefiting. ...Read more

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How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

The very small : Amount of literature out there is between absolutely no effect and ambivalent when compared to sham air. So, there is no proof it works. I am all for anything that might help, but too many people spend the little bit of life savings they have on these therapies with false guarantees and I do not think that it appropriate. Hbot is good for many things, CP and autism are not them. ...Read more

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What are the stem cell therapies for adults with cerebral palsy?

What are the stem cell therapies for adults with cerebral palsy?

Early studies only: Researchers have looked into stem cell treatment for cp. There are some promising early results. There are no randomized studies, which are the gold standard to test the effectiveness of stem cell transplantation in this patient population. ...Read more

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I have a 34 year old male friend with cerebral palsy, will chiropractic therapies be of any help?

I have a 34 year old male friend with cerebral palsy, will chiropractic therapies be of any help?

Depends: Chiropractic treatment will not treat the cerebral palsy unfortunately. There might be some relief with some of the spasms/stiffness associated with the disease; but any only 'soft tissue' work should be conducted. There have been no studies onthe benefit of chiropractic manipulation so let the buyer beware. ...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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What is the best treatment for pancreatitis and cerebral palsy?

Find cause of panc: Cerebral palsy is not a cause of pancreatitis. Some people with CP may have an underlying mitochondrial disorder which can also cause pancreatitis. People with CP may be put on medications that can cause pancreatitis. I would carefully at meds. Also, should rule-out gallstones. ...Read more

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Spastic cerebral palsy, what will be the treatment?

Botox: Agree with dr lotfi.In addition, some severe cases improve with Botox injections to relive the tightness, allowing more flexibility. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for cerebral palsy?

No one knows: There are many treatments available, but what is best depends on the age, the severity of the cp, the cause of it, the impairments present. ...Read more

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Would hyperbaric treatment help someone with cerebral palsy?

No: The injury that leads to CP has occurred & distroyed nerve pathways long before the symptoms become evident. Extra oxygen pushed by a hyperbaric chamber will not alter the process. ...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