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What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

The Characteristics of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) can come in many different forms. Types of cerebral palsy may include writhing movements (dyskinetic) or balance and walking difficulties (ataxic). In some cases, children may have more than one type of cerebral palsy. However, spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form. Stiff muscles typically identify spastic cerebral palsy in any part of the body (upper, lower, or both) and can be one or both sides of the body. Here's what you need to know.

Causes of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain. When the motor cortex (the area of the brain where movement is controlled) is damaged, spastic cerebral palsy can result. Despite many misconceptions, cerebral palsy is not a birth defect and is specifically related to an injury or harm. Some of the most common causes of spastic cerebral palsy are:

  • Infections during pregnancy
  • Untreated jaundice
  • Oxygen deprivation during labor or delivery
  • Vacuum extraction or forceps deliveries
  • Prolonged labor
  • Improper or lack of fetal monitoring

Symptoms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Someone who has spastic cerebral palsy may display some of the following symptoms:

  • Tight, stiff muscles
  • Jerky movements
  • Vision issues
  • Hearing problems
  • Speech problems
  • Eating difficulties
  • Behavioral and learning problems
  • Seizures

Most children with spastic cerebral palsy are diagnosed within two years of life. While there is no single test that can determine spastic CP, the following are taken into consideration:

  • Developmental milestones
  • Growth
  • Reflexes
  • Movement
  • Muscle tone

Further testing and diagnostics may include brain scans, ultrasounds, speech, hearing, and vision tests.

Does Your Child Have Cerebral Palsy? We Can Help.

Learning your baby suffered a birth injury that caused cerebral palsy is devastating news, and knowing that it was preventable can make it that much more difficult. When medical professionals act negligently and cause harm, we will help you hold them accountable for their actions. Caring for a child with a birth injury often requires long-term care, which adds to an already stressful situation. You are not alone, and we are here to help you get through this difficult time.

At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., we understand that a child who has suffered a birth injury is not only an emotional event, but it can also put heavy financial burdens on parents. Pursuing compensation for your child's birth injury can help you support your child's medical needs and future care.

Contact us today at (505) 393-6303 to learn how we can assist you.