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?
Treatment of Monoplegia depends on the severity of the paralysis and the cause. Physical therapy, surgery and biofeedback are some of the common treatment methods for Monoplegia. If Monoplegia is due to an infection in brain, then the infection has to be treated. Physical therapy may be followed for improving muscle tone and reduce pain. Psychotherapy helps cope with the condition
DID YOU KNOW?
Cerebral palsy is the leading cause of monoplegia. It's the most common movement disorder in children, affecting about .2% of all births. A number of injuries and infections can cause CP, including oxygen deprivation at or immediately following birth, toxoplasmosis, rubella, and exposure to high levels of toxins such as mercury.