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A dysfunction in movement, motion and various physical skills due to an under developed brain is termed as cerebral palsy. It also affects the patient’s posture and muscle tone. The symptoms usually occur in early childhood stages and include clumsy movements, exaggerated reflexes, and muscle stiffness.
HOW IS CEREBRAL PALSY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis includes a cranial ultrasound as well as brain scans like an MRI or CT scan which will show the various aspects of the brain’s development and the anomalies. An ECG and other lab tests to study the blood and urine may also be conducted.
HOW IS CEREBRAL PALSY TREATED?
The treatment includes medication as well as engagement with various practitioners like speech and language pathologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, development therapists and others who will focus on the various skills and development of the patient for better day to day functioning. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are usually the foremost methods of treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
The ideal age for diagnosing Cerebral Palsy is after 36 months of age.