Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of this disability that affects nearly 80 percent of patients. It differs from other types of cerebral palsy in that it affects muscles and joints. There is muscle stiffness and spasticity as well as limited joint movement.
How This Form is Categorized
This form is categorized by the areas of the body that they affect. Affecting both the legs and the arms is a type called Diplegia. One limb is affected in Monoplegia, a rare form of spastic cerebral palsy . Another type affects only one side of the body, Hemiplegia. A type that affects the movement of three limbs is Triplegia and Quadriplegia affects all four limbs.
Diagnosing This Disability
It is difficult to diagnose cerebral palsy especially during early infancy. However, tests can be run right after birth such as CT scans, MRIs, and EEGs. Your child should be seen by a doctor if your child is experiencing developmental delays or abnormal muscle tone.
There are no cures for this disorder however there are treatments your that may help manage spasticity and support a higher quality of life for the child. Therapy is give to children with the related symptoms include occupational therapy that helps with fine motor skills such as eating. Then there is physical therapy that focuses on gross motor skills focusing on muscle strength. Children can also go through surgeries, and they can wear braces and casts.
Does Your Child Have Spastic Cerebral Palsy ?
The reasons for cerebral palsy are often unknown but are present at birth. Parents are entitled to know why or how this happened. There are risk factors including lack of oxygen, infections to the mother or her baby, preterm delivery and other delivery complications. It is important that the delivery goes safely. The medical staff is responsible for the mother and child, making sure they are alright. Nonetheless there are cases where medical malpractice takes place and families need to know what they can do if this happens. Families can be compensated for damages that occurred during labor and delivery.
Contact a Lawyer Today
Families need to contact a lawyer immediately if you feel like there may have been medical malpractice involved. There is time limit in cases like these so do not wait to call. Lawyers know your rights and they can get the compensation you need for the care of your child.