Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Symptoms: 

Movement and coordination problems are associated with cerebral palsy. Difficulty with vision and hearing, intellectual disabilities, seizures, abnormal sensations, skeletal abnormalities, particularly hip dislocation or an abnormally curved spine (scoliosis), abnormal touch or pain perceptions, oral diseases, mental health (psychiatric) conditions and urinary incontinence are the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Tests to diagnose: 

The tests include.

  • Brain scans: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Cranial ultrasound and Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Laboratory tests
Treatment: 

Treatment for CP includes:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medications
  • Isolated spasticity: drugs include onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox)
  • Generalized spasticity: drugs include diazepam (Valium), dantrolene (Dantrium) and baclofen (Gablofen).
  • Surgery : Orthopedic surgery and severing nerves

For more information visit the following websites

http://cerebralpalsy.org/