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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 [...]

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 [...]

Robot Therapy Shows Promise for Improving CP Symptoms

Engineers at MIT are finding that robot-based therapy can aid limb movement in children affected by cerebral palsy symptoms. Previous research has focused on how robotics can assist adults who have suffered stroke, but scientist Hermano Igo Krebs and colleagues wanted to test the therapy on children, whose brains are more impressionable.   Right now [...]

Does Your Child’s Brace Fit Properly?

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are types of braces commonly used to treat certain cerebral palsy symptoms – for instance, AFOs may be used to support weak limbs or they may be used to hold contracted muscles in a normal position. Fit is everything when it comes to AFOs. In fact, achieving optimal results depends on [...]

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 [...]

Study Shows Braces Help Reduce Symptoms of Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

The use of orthotic devices such as braces have been shown to improve cerebral palsy symptoms in children with diplegia, but little evidence shows whether certain braces are better than others. That’s why researchers decided to develop a study comparing the effectiveness of two different types of braces: hinged vs. dynamic-ankle foot orthoses. Study Results [...]

Managing CP Symptoms with Holistic Therapies

Many families are familiar with the traditional treatments used to manage cerebral palsy symptoms, such as surgery, medication and physical therapy. However, some families are turning to holistic therapies to help alleviate the symptoms their child experiences. While it is important to remember that each child is unique and will respond differently to different therapies, [...]

DOD Clinic Provides Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Posted by Cerebral Palsy Lawyer, David Austin The San Antonio Military Medical Complex (SAMMC) is the only Department of Defense facility to provide comprehensive cerebral palsy treatment to children and adults with the condition. In fact, the facility’s spasticity clinic has been named a center of excellence for the treatment of cerebral palsy. Medical specialists [...]

Study Tests HBOT for Easing Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

A federally funded study will test whether a controversial therapy known as HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy) can help to ease symptoms of cerebral palsy. Forty-eight children with cerebral palsy will participate in study and receive the therapy for free at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.   Patients undergoing HBOT receive high concentrations of oxygen [...]