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Skeletal Problems & Cerebral Palsy

The problems associated with having cerebral palsy can cause serious muscle and skeletal damage to children and adults with the disease.  Often, hypotonia, a type of muscle abnormality, occurs in young children with cerebral palsy.  Hypotonia can result in a “rag doll” type of feeling in the infant and may result in lowered muscle tone in the children.  Fortunately, several surgical options are available that may help with skeletal problems in cerebral palsy patients.

Skeletal problems can be the result of many different types of symptoms in the cerebral palsy patient.  Children who have spasticity are at risk of developing contractures.  Contractures are a muscle shortening which makes the body parts associated with the muscle contract.  This in turn can cause serious skeletal damage, especially if left untreated.  The child’s body will grown in such a way that the bones will be deformed, causing further pain and movement problems later in life.

Muscle contractions in the hip area can lead to serious developments and even hip fractures in children with cerebral palsy.  The skeletal problems involved in hip fractures are numerous, and the danger increases with the child’s spasticity.  A hip dislocation can also cause severe pain and skeletal problems in cerebral palsy sufferers. 

In other cerebral palsy victims, skeletal problems like scoliosis can occur.  Scoliosis is a sometimes severe and dangerous curvature of the spine.  This is an especially frequent skeletal problem in children with cerebral palsy.  Severe spine injury can result in a serious stiffening of the misalignment and even permanence.  Scoliosis is especially a problem for cerebral palsy sufferers with quadriplegia
There are several types of surgeries that can alleviate the potential seriousness of skeletal problems in cerebral palsy victims.  The successes of the surgeries often correlate with the severity of the disease in patients.  After surgery for skeletal problems the patient may be able to walk straight, sit upright, or even develop proper bone formation as their bodies grow and mature.  Spinal cord surgery can straighten the back.  Other surgeries can make using external devices such as a wheelchair or braces easier to deal with.
Surgeries may also cause further damage in the skeletal problems of patients with cerebral palsy.  Since most deformities in the skeleton cannot be completely cured, the surgery may cause additional problems that may result in further injuries in the cerebral palsy patient.  Your doctor should perform a complete and thorough analysis of your child before any surgery occurs.

If your child’s cerebral palsy or surgery for skeletal problems associated with cerebral palsy were caused by medical mistakes, contact a lawyer immediately.  Our Web site provides access to free and fast consultation with experienced cerebral palsy attorneys who have experience in hundreds to thousands of similar cases a year.


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