Cerebral palsy describes a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It is caused by brain injury or atypical brain development that happens around the time of birth or early in life.
In some infants, symptoms are evident soon after birth. In others, a cerebral palsy diagnosis comes in later infancy or toddlerhood. Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, but its effects can often progress as people get older.
Children can develop cerebral palsy if they experience brain injury or disruptions in brain development early in life. Children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy need thorough neurological assessment to determine if any underlying neuro-metabolic or genetic causes explaining their symptoms. Some of these patient may benefit from targeted treatment to improve the outcomes. We offer comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinical and neuro-diagnostic evaluation of such children at AHD.
Every child who has cerebral palsy has a unique combination of strengths and challenges. No one can predict where your child will fall within this diagnosis. Having cerebral palsy doesn’t mean your child will have cognitive impairment. Only 30 to 50% of children who have cerebral palsy have some level of cognitive impairment, ranging from mild to severe.
Early intervention, regular follow up and appropriate treatment of cerebral palsy can help your child improve their abilities, improve their quality of life and ease their symptoms.
Children with cerebral palsy can experience different conditions and difficulties including:
-vision or hearing difficulties
-Musculoskeletal conditions (muscle tightness or spasticity, scoliosis, leg length discrepancy, foot deformity, hip deformity)
-Difficulty swallowing, communication and cognition difficulties, excessive drooling.
-Failure to thrive and gain weight
Our multidisciplinary team is here to help. At AHD you’ll find a broad range of physicians and other health care professionals, specialized in caring for children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders, who work together to make sure you and your family have the support you need. Explore cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment options to help our children reach their best potential and achieve their goals in life. Our team is also supported by an amazing and capable pediatric intensive care unit to provide post operative and intensive care when needed.
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