Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy is a congenital, movement impairing, neurological condition. As this condition is congenital, it implies that the brain damage responsible for lack of movement in affected body parts occurs when the baby is a fetus in the mother’s womb, making it one of the leading forms of childhood disability.

Understanding the cause of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy occurs due to congenital cerebral damage. One should note that the term cerebral palsy alludes to the cerebrum- the brain part associated with muscle control as well as memory, learning and communication abilities. Hence, cognition and learning abilities may be hindered in some if not all cases along with muscle co-ordination.

However, conditions presented in a patient with cerebral palsy don’t worsen time and existing difficulties can be addressed through rehabilitation therapies to provide the patient a good quality of life.

Note : Cerebral Palsy though mostly occurs within the womb, may even occur upto the age of 5 years in case the child undergoes trauma causing cerebral damage such as accidents, meningitis, injuries inflicted on the head.

Identifying Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy patients will exhibit the following symptoms which parents can identify

  • Muscle tone differences with either muscle stiffness or movements which are loose and floppy
  • Ataxia, a lowered co- ordination and balance condition
  • Athetosis, a condition in which abnormal contraction of muscles lead to squirming movements
  • Inability to lie down in normal positions
  • Preferring one body side
  • Restricted movements
  • Abnormal crawling style
  • Milestones in normal development like crawling, talking, walking will be delayed
  • Vision and hearing disabilities
  • Poor bowel and bladder control
  • Inability to swallow, abnormal drooling
  • Delayed speech patterns
  • Seizures
How Rehabilitation can help Cerebral Palsy patients

The goal of Neuro- Rehabilitation for Cerebral Palsy is to help individuals

  • Improve muscle co-ordination in affected parts
  • Develop strength, normalize balancing abilities and flexibility
  • Develop self reliance of individual
  • Recognizing different, efficient ways to attain tasks
  • Preventing deformities in bone and improving joint movement
  • Provision for stimulating senses
  • Postural and gait improvements
  • Reducing painful sensations and discomfort
Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Programs at Allovedas

Based on client needs, Allovedas offers an In-Patient and Out- Patient Rehabilitation Program as outlined below

Inpatient Rehabilitation (6 extensive rehab hours per day)
  • Therapeutic exercises for upper limb and lower limb
  • Stretching exercises for muscle stiffness
  • Strengthening exercises for weak muscles
  • Balance training
  • Gait training
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Functional ability training
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Safety awareness
  • Orthotic assessment and application
  • Falls prevention techniques
  • Clinical Counseling
Outpatient rehabilitation include (hourly basis)
  • Therapeutic exercises for upper limb and lower limb
  • Stretching exercises for stiff muscles
  • Strengthening exercises for weak muscles
  • Balance training
  • Gait training
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Functional ability training
  • Occupational therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Safety awareness