Research on babies and children in South Carolina reveals decline in the incidence of cerebral palsy

In Australia and Europe, researchers have been able to use population-based registries to extract data on the incidence of cerebral palsy (CP) over time. However, the U.S. does not have a similar registry, and therefore research on the prevalence of cerebral palsy in American babies and children has produced more nebulous results. This lack of…

Study of birth injury cases sheds light on medical errors responsible for cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy often stems from medical malpractice around the time of birth (making it a birth injury), and many parents choose to sue the doctors or hospitals that are responsible. Information collected from these legal cases could shed light on the types of medical errors most likely to contribute to a cerebral palsy diagnosis; however,…

Recent Research Indicates That 3D Gait Analysis Can Help to Predict Success of Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) Surgery in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Achilles tendon lengthening (ATL) surgery can help to treat ‘equinus foot,’ also known as tiptoe walking, which is a common symptom of cerebral palsy (CP). However, many children who have ATL surgery experience overcorrection, and end up walking with a crouch gait. Therefore, it would be valuable to identify individual characteristics that could predict the…

Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy Might Not Actually Benefit from Botox Injections Prior to Physiotherapy

Doctors often prescribe botulinum toxin A (botox) injections to patients with cerebral palsy who are ambulatory (able to walk), in order to reduce spasticity. Generally, botox injections are given as part of a combined treatment plan also involving other interventions. However, studies on whether botox injections improve outcomes for children undergoing comprehensive rehabilitation programs have…

New Drug to Treat Chronic Drooling

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a drug called Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), to treat excessive drooling in adults. Excessive drooling, or chronic sialorrhea, is a common symptom of cerebral palsy (CP), Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neurological disorders. Sialorrhea can involve problems with swallowing and difficulty controlling facial muscles. Xeomin…

Assistive Equipment for Personal Hygiene

For people with limited range of motion, spastic reflexes, or problems with strength and dexterity, maintaining personal hygiene can be difficult. In order to make tasks like brushing hair or clipping nails more manageable, people with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy often use assistive equipment. These are items that can help those with disabilities…

Research Suggests Early Postural Training Could Mitigate Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

People with cerebral palsy (CP) often have problems with postural control, which can interfere with basic activities of daily life such as reaching, sitting, or walking. A lack of information on the developmental trajectory of these postural issues has made it difficult for medical professionals to optimize interventions. However, recent research provides some answers, which…

What’s Vibrational Therapy, and How Can It Help People with Cerebral Palsy?

Many people with cerebral palsy (CP) benefit greatly from physical therapy, which can improve functions such as strength and flexibility, and decrease negative symptoms such as pain. However, people with very severe motor and/or cognitive problems may be unable to follow instructions and perform voluntary exercises. This limits their treatment options outside of pharmacological and…

In Norway, Rates of Cerebral Palsy Decline as Perinatal Healthcare Improves

Many cases of cerebral palsy (CP) are caused by complications that occur around the time of delivery (these are known as birth injuries). Based on this, Sandra Julsen Hollung and colleagues hypothesized that improvements in obstetrical and neonatal care could decrease the rate of cerebral palsy. Studying the Impact of Healthcare Standards on Cerebral Palsy…