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?
Diagnosis of Monoplegia depends on the symptoms. The neurologist may order for a MRI of the brain to evaluate the cause.
HOW IS MONOPLEGIA TREATED?
There is no cure for monoplegia but physiotherapy could help in strengthening the muscles and to recover functioning of the affected limb. Treatment would also depend on the cause of this disorder. Paralysis caused could be temporary, or where recovery is possible or permanent.
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.