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Monoplegia is typically cerebral palsy of one limb. The condition may have several complications for the child. When it affects the hand, it will cause the complete hand including the fingers to curl in towards the body. This will make it difficult for the affected person to use the hand or perform any activities that may need two hands. When it affects the feet, it causes the child to walk on his feet.
HOW IS MONOPLEGIA DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will examine the patient and ask for details of symptoms which may include:
• Weakness or limpness in a single limb that does not appear related to another injury, such as a sprain, strain, or broken bone.
• Decreased sensation in a single limb. Some people also experience unusual “electrical” sensations, pins and needles, or unexplained pain.
• Curling of the toes or fingers attached to the affected limb.
• Difficulty with moving the limb that eventually leads to full paralysis.
• Pain in areas near the limb due to muscle stiffness and loss of muscle control. Some people may experience headaches, shoulder pain, and other ailments.
HOW IS MONOPLEGIA TREATED?
Treatments of Monoplegia typically includes physical therapy and counseling to help recovery muscle tone and function. However, there is no cure for Monoplegia. Recovery will vary depending on diagnosis from temporary, partial or complete paralysis. Treating the cause of the monoplegia. Monoplegia due to an infection in the brain or spinal cord, for instance, may improve with high doses of antibiotics. Because CP is incurable, a number of promising experimental treatments have emerged in recent years, though results have varied and there is still no single treatment that works for every patient.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fitting the child with a special foot brace may help lower the unnatural arched foot resulting from the condition. In some instances, giving the child a large toy to play with may help exercise hand muscles leading to a better prognosis after a period of time.