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New Robotic Therapy Helps Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disability that affects an estimated 8,000 babies each year. This neurological condition can have a lifelong impact on the movement and coordination of the body. Due to the nature of this disability and its affect on the brain and muscles, many children who live with cerebral palsy require a wheelchair or […]

Hippotherapy Helps Treat the Disabled

Hippotherapy is a unique treatment that can be used to help both children and adults with a variety of physical, emotional, and communication disabilities. This technique uses the movement of the horse to help with neurological function and sensory processing for those with cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries and more. Hippotherapy is […]

Therapies to Treat Cerebral Palsy

Although no cure for cerebral palsy has been found yet, there are various treatments and different therapies that can help improve the lives of those living with the disability. Two forms of therapy that have been proven to help patients with cerebral palsy are hippotherapy and creating crafts. Hippotherapy is a specialized treatment that can […]

Promising Treatment for Rare Cerebral Palsy Type

Dystonia-choreoathetosis affects approximately 10 percent of all cerebral palsy patients and it is notoriously difficult to treat. However, a new study by French researchers shows promise for treating this form of cerebral palsy. Using what is known as bilateral pallidal deep brain stimulation (BP-DBS), researchers were able to improve motor symptoms in 8 out of […]

Today Show to Feature Story on Robotics for Cerebral Palsy

On Thursday, July 2nd, the Today Show will feature a story on the robotics research being conducted to improve the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy. For the segment, the show visited the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Blythedale Children’s Hospital. The show will specifically focus on how robots can be used […]

Honda Introduces Mobility Devices

In April, Honda introduced two walking devices designed to assist people with weakened leg muscles and other mobility challenges. Though the devices are still in the testing phase, they seem to hold promise for individuals whose mobility is impaired by cerebral palsy symptoms. The Stride Management Assist and the Bodyweight Support Assist are both lightweight, […]

Improving Cerebral Palsy Symptoms with Lokomat Therapy

Intensive locomotion therapy is a relatively new area of research in treating cerebral palsy symptoms in children, and clinical studies involving the Pediatric Lokomat® have so far shown positive results.   What is the Pediatric Lokomat?   The Pediatric Lokomat is essentially a robotic treadmill training device. Unlike manual treadmill training that requires the assistance […]

Cerebral Palsy Symptom Eased with Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation appears to ease a common cerebral palsy symptom in young patients, according to a small-scale analysis of patients treated at Cook Children’s Hospital in Texas. The symptom, known as dystonia, is characterized by uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle contractions. Deep brain stimulation involves the implantation of a device that sends electrical impulses […]

Botox Warning Issued for Treating CP Symptoms in Children

Food and Drug Administration officials are warning about potentially fatal side effects associated with the use of Botox for treating muscle spasticity, particularly in children with this cerebral palsy symptom. Children with spastic cerebral palsy are sometimes treated with Botox, though the drug is not approved in the U.S. for this use. The FDA said […]

Botox: Cerebral Palsy Treatment for Hip Dislocation?

Botox is sometimes used to reduce muscle spasticity, a rather common cerebral palsy symptom. But research suggests that it may also help reduce the risk of hip dislocation, which is a problem in some children with cerebral palsy. Traditionally braces have been used to prevent hip dislocation, but one study compared the use of braces […]