For children, and parents of children, who suffer from Cerebral Palsy, life brings many challenges. While there are different levels of impairment with cerebral palsy, there are different options for care plans and today to fit each case. With new avenues for the non-invasive treatment options such as chiropractic care and chiropractic neurology, there is new hope for better care plans for patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Cerebral Palsy in the most common motor disability during childhood. Cerebral Palsy is a non-aggresive, non-life threatening and incurable disorder that is the result of brain malformation or brain injury before, during or immediately after birth. A neurological disorder that causes loss of function and mobility including loss of muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflexes, balance and posture, cerebral palsy varies in severity. According to a study conducted by the CDC, in 2006 approximately 56% of children with cerebral palsy were able to walk independently, while 33% were limited in their ability to walk or crawl. In some cases, co-mitigating conditions are also present including learning impairment, seizures and vision or hearing loss.
Can cerebral palsy be prevented? According to CerebralPalsy.org there are many risk factors that exist that can increase the likelihood of a child developing cerebral palsy. Planning a family can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, and it is the crucial time to plan for the safety of the child. The best way to lessen the threat of risk factors is to talk with your doctor, know the risk factors and understand what to do if faced with any risk factor.
There is much research happening to someday find a cure for cerebral palsy including:
- Understanding cause and causal pathways
- Preventing brain injury and brain malformation
- Repairing brain cells to restore function to damage areas of the brain
- Intervention measures to thwart brain injury and malformation
As cerebral palsy is studied, the future holds promise for positive changes. Cerebral palsy can be effectively managed and care plans that are based in chiropractic care, especially chiropractic neurology are gaining in popularity due to both the non-invasive nature of the treatment, as well as the quickness with which positive results are seen.
Since the brain and central nervouse system control all aspects of the body’s functions, and because cerebral palsy is usually caused by a brain injury, chiropractic neurology techniques are incredibly affective in treating other, less noticeable, aspects of the motor disorder. By healing the central area around the spine, the extremities and other parts of the body can become normalized as well.
In addition, chiropractic neurology has been shown to help some of the more problematic symptoms including muscle spasms, seizures, and leg and arm problems, encouraging signs for this type of care plan for cerebral palsy sufferers.
If you are seeking treatment options for a patient with cerebral palsy, Chiropractic Neurology offers a promising, and fast-acting, course of managed care. For more information about the benefits of Chiropractic Neurology, call the Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center at 770-664-4288.