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My girl suffers from " cerebral palsy " we are looking for help my girlfriend was premature, she has lived with a disability called " cerebral palsy " . Her problem is she can't walk without a walker, due to the reason that her legs get weak, also due t

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics
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In brief: Cerebral

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor areas of the brain that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or anytime up to age 3.
There are three main types: spastic, ataxic and dyskenetic - all of which have different symptoms. Some people affected with cerebral palsy have very mild symptoms (my college roommate had mild cerebral palsy on her left which caused a slight limp - this did not stop her from graduating with honors, landing a great job, marrying and having 2 beautiful children.) and some people have symptoms that are more severe. Because of this, each child's potential must be assessed individually. In general, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance people have of overcoming developmental disabilities and learning new ways to accomplish tasks that challenge them. Treatment is interdisciplinary and can include interpersonal therapists, occupational therapists, medications, orthotics and surgeries. The best people to ask about an individual's prognosis are the doctors and therapists working with the individual. The doctors that primarily care for those with cerebral palsy are neurologists or pm&r doctors (physical medicine and rehab). Try calling her insurance company to see if they can recommend someone in your area.

In brief: Cerebral

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor areas of the brain that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or anytime up to age 3.
There are three main types: spastic, ataxic and dyskenetic - all of which have different symptoms. Some people affected with cerebral palsy have very mild symptoms (my college roommate had mild cerebral palsy on her left which caused a slight limp - this did not stop her from graduating with honors, landing a great job, marrying and having 2 beautiful children.) and some people have symptoms that are more severe. Because of this, each child's potential must be assessed individually. In general, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance people have of overcoming developmental disabilities and learning new ways to accomplish tasks that challenge them. Treatment is interdisciplinary and can include interpersonal therapists, occupational therapists, medications, orthotics and surgeries. The best people to ask about an individual's prognosis are the doctors and therapists working with the individual. The doctors that primarily care for those with cerebral palsy are neurologists or pm&r doctors (physical medicine and rehab). Try calling her insurance company to see if they can recommend someone in your area.
Dr. Laura McMullen
Dr. Laura McMullen
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Hard to do

Damage to motor system nerves in the brain results in CP.
Physical therapy in childhood sometimes reduces the degree of impairment & can improve mobility. However, by adulthood, the limitations are stable but resistant to improvement. Many just move to a wheelchair to gain speed. Look at this as a permanent condition, not one that will go away or get much better.

In brief: Hard to do

Damage to motor system nerves in the brain results in CP.
Physical therapy in childhood sometimes reduces the degree of impairment & can improve mobility. However, by adulthood, the limitations are stable but resistant to improvement. Many just move to a wheelchair to gain speed. Look at this as a permanent condition, not one that will go away or get much better.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: This complex

People with mild cerebral palsy may have limited affects of certain muscle groups.
One could see a neurologist to see if orthopedic surgery might help.

In brief: This complex

People with mild cerebral palsy may have limited affects of certain muscle groups.
One could see a neurologist to see if orthopedic surgery might help.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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