Types of Cerebral Palsy – How It Can Affect Your Walking – Assistive Walking Devices

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1.) Introduction

Cerebral palsy is a term that covers a broad range of disorders that affect movement and posture. In this article we will discuss the general types of CP and how to help treat the symptoms that effect walking.

All children that have cerebral palsy (CP) have damage to a certain part of the brain. This area of the brain controls muscle tone. CP can occur before, during or shortly after a child is born. As a result of this damage, the child may have an increased level of muscle tone, a decreased level of muscle tone, or perhaps a combination of the two. (This is known as fluctuating tone.) The areas of the body that are affected by this abnormal balance of muscle tone depends greatly on the area of the brain where the damage has occurred.

2.) 3 Main Types of Cerebral Palsy

A.) Spastic Cerebral Palsy: This form of CP is characterized by stiff and difficult movement.

B.) Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: This form of CP is different that spastic CP because it exhibits more of an involuntary and uncontrolled movements.

C.) Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: This last form of CP is characterized by a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception.

3.) Treatment Options

Two treatment options are available today that can help individuals with CP walk better again. These two options are:

A.) AFOs (ankle foot orthoses): If you suffer from walking impairments due to CP then these braces might be just “what the doctor ordered”. They can help to promote a heel to toe gait pattern and control tone issues to the point where a more normal gait pattern can be seen. One of the best things about these kinds of braces is that they can fit into a shoe and usually people do not even know that they have the brace on. Why? Because a pair of pants can quickly mask the fact that these patients have this kind of a brace.

B.) The WalkAide System: This is a new FDA approved device that sends electrical impulses to the peroneal nerve. This matters because if you are patient with CP and foot drop then you might be a candidate for this kind of device. It can help you walk again by stimulating the peroneal nerve as you walk, which can help to bring your foot up when you walk.

Note: This is health information. Getting medical advice on the WalkAide or other braces is best provided from your local, licensed orthotist (brace specialist).