Cerebral Palsy

Description

The term cerebral palsy can by divided into two words:

  • Cerebral: the brain
  • Palsy: injury

This term is used to describe the diagnosis of a brain injury of a child before the age of 3. The damage to the brain is normally not a progressive injury, thus the injury does not become worse over time.

Diagnosis

To some extent cerebral palsy is diagnosed by a process of elimination of other causes, which indeed could be more serious, such as brain tumors or degenerative diseases. Once all the other possible causes have been ruled out, a diagnosis of cerebral palsy can firmly be established.

Musculoskeletal impact

Ankle and foot deformities

Every year, approximately 12000 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy worldwide and roughly 85% of these children will make use of ankle foot orthotics.

Spinal malalignment

Although it is correct to say that cerebral palsy is not a progressive deterioration of a child’s brain injury, progressive secondary impairment is expected due to the effect of gravity, chronic muscle imbalance and abnormal posturing of the spastic child as well as other factors.

Mobility devices for CP Children include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Buggies
  • Streeter
  • Long Sitter
  • Kimba Neo
  • Helmet