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Doctor insights on: Stretching Hip Muscles In Cerebral Palsy Patients

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What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

Depends on degree: I have seen a non walking three year old whose family was told not to expect much, grow up to be a happy teen (with some learning problems & difficulty typing). Each case is different and outcome varies with the intensity of the brain injury. Good nutrition, therapy & a suportive environment go a long way to make their lives enjoyable. ...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 can caregivers best support patients with cerebral palsy?

How can caregivers best support patients with cerebral palsy?

As normal as possibl: Children with cerebral palsy can lead nearly normal lives. They may need special equipment and some assistance at school, and help with daily activities. However, they should try to achieve as normal function as possible. Many support services are available. A good medical specialist can help to coordinate services. A specific disability can be over come with good support and management. ...Read more

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How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

It's complicated: There are a few reasons why this happens. Primarily it has to do with the imbalance muscle tone. There is a definite correlation to the level of severity and the risk of having a dislocated hip. In other words, the more severely affected a child is, the greater the risk of having a dislocated hip. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy & am having bad stiffness and pain at night in hamstrings and hips & trouble moving in daytime as well. Is it age? How can I fix?

I have cerebral palsy & am having bad stiffness and pain at night in hamstrings and hips & trouble moving in daytime as well. Is it age? How can I fix?

Common problem: Many people with CP have problems with stiff muscles and pain from that. You can ask your doctor for a muscle relaxant and that is helpful in some people. Also regular stretching or yoga can help a great deal. It may be helpful for you to get a physical therapist to teach you the most helpful stretches to do at home. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could gain muscle even tho I have cerebral palsy?

Nutrition and exerci: Eat well and exercise will help you as it will help anyone ...Read more

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The clients that I have taken care of that have cerebral palsy also had dislocated hips. Why?

The clients that I have taken care of that have cerebral palsy also had dislocated hips. Why?

Muscle imbalance: CP patients often have dislocated hips from muscle imbalance around the joint and often need tendon releases. ...Read more

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What is the indication of tachycardia in patient with cerebral palsy?

What is the indication of tachycardia in patient with cerebral palsy?

Infection?: Tachycardia could be sec to multiple reasons.
A reaction to certain medications
congenital (present at birth) electrical pathway abnormalities in the heart
congenital abnormalities of the heart
iinfection. Electrolyte imbalance
heart disease which has resulted in poor blood supply and damage to heart tissues, hyperthroidism, lung disease etc. ...Read more

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What activities can I do to work out if I have cerebral palsy and low muscle tone?

What activities can I do to work out if I have cerebral palsy and low muscle tone?

Anything you can: You can and should do all that is physically possible to maintain strength and flexibility. I encourage my patients to do whatever resistance training they can. This depends upon how significant the level of CP is. Make sure you work with someone who can create a safe program for you, because you don't want to put yourself in a position where you could get hurt. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy, and I have a hip prosthesis. Will my hip be affected if I give birth some day?

Not necessarily: Your OB doctor will follow and help you through a future pregnancy. Have a meeting with your Ob/gyn before getting pregnant. Regular physical therapy and as tolerated exercise helps with flexibility of ligaments and muscles too. ...Read more

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What can I could to improve fine motor skills, muscle tone in cerebral palsy?

Complex: Suggest working closely, with an occupational therapist, as he/she can design adaptive devices to improve function. You are close to a famous rehab center, chicago rehab, and am sure there are orthotists and therapists would can design exercises and coping skills. Have found pool therapies to be valuable in these areas. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Bend over to pick something up stand up straight I walk hunched over from hip pain I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Bend over to pick something up stand up straight I walk hunched over from hip pain I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Question: I am not sure I understand your question. Please re-ask so that we may be able to provide you with an answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Severe pain in my left hip it's hard to walk and Sit I have cerebral palsy?

Severe pain in my left hip it's hard to walk and Sit I have cerebral palsy?

Have it checked: I am assuming this is a new pain and if so it may represent an injury that requires treatment. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of doctor best treats an adult patient with moderate cerebral palsy?

Rehab physician: Depends on the problem, but for overall cp-related care I would recommend a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (pm&r). For seizures, a neurologist; for constipation and gerd, gi. For scoliosis or hip pain, orthopedics. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a fast heartrate in a 20 year old cerebral palsy patient?

How fast?: Tachycardia needs evaluation. Common causes are caffeinated beverages, chocolate, or decongestants. Medications also cause tachycardia. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Developmental hip dysplasia in a toddler with mild cerebral palsy, can you tell me more about this?

Developmental hip dysplasia in a toddler with mild cerebral palsy, can you tell me more about this?

Hip dysplasia: The hip socket is a ball and socket joint. It forms correctly when the ball is sitting correctly in the "socket area" so the socket can develop correctly around it (this is not finished at birth yet). Because of the CP, the ball of the femur may not be sitting quite right and so the socket around it is not forming correctly, which could lead to problems as child starts/is walking. ...Read more

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Need muscle relaxers for pain I have spastic cerebral palsy n I'm in pain daily can't afford doctor I need help?

Resources in your: Area include: http://www. Freemedicalsearch. Org/cit/de-clayton. It would be unusual for you not to have been offered transition services through public school for employment through DE's ADA agency & for adult health care at 18 through your pediatric provider. Depending on your level of function & need for supports, you may qualify for SSI & Medicaid to manage your CP appropriately. ...Read more

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Hip pain hurts to sit and walk I have spastic cerebral palsy used to take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for pain but can no longer afford them?

Hip pain hurts to sit and walk I have spastic cerebral palsy used to take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for pain but can no longer afford them?

Get help: There is a lot of help now for people who can not afford there medication, walmart pharmacy for example has a "$4" list and I think flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is on it. Baclofen may also be a less expensive option. If the pain is persistent, I would be seen for a specific diagnosis regarding the cause. ...Read more

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I have spastic cerebral palsy... am wheelchair bound and have had no exercise in 5 years. My muscles severely atrophied and twitching in foot?

I have spastic cerebral palsy... am wheelchair bound and have had no exercise in 5 years. My muscles severely atrophied and twitching in foot?

Get help: I would not hesitate to see a specialist if you have not seen one lately to see if it is possible if any surgery, bracing, and/or therapy would be of any benefit to get you more functional. ...Read more

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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

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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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