There is nothing worse for families than to learn their baby sustained an injury during birth.
Common birth-related injuries are cerebral palsy and brachial plexus. Each of these injuries may have devastating long-term effects on the life of your child.
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Many families struggle with knowing what causes cerebral palsy and what is cerebral palsy? CP is a group of disorders that impact person’s movement from reducing their balance to taking away their ability to maintain normal posture. The Center for Disease Control reports it is the most common disability related to a child’s motor skills.
There are several different types of cerebral palsy.
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy: the most common form of CP; causes stiff muscles from overly increased muscle tone. Movement by individuals with Spastic Cerebral Palsy is often awkward.
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: characterized by uncontrollable movement of limbs which makes it difficult for the individual to walk or to sit down.
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: problems with balance and coordination are caused by this form of CP. It is often difficult for individuals to master anything with quick movements such as reaching for an object.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy do not increase over time, however it is important to get support for your child early in life. Some individuals with CP are able to care for themselves while others will need special equipment to be able to walk. In some cases, individuals with CP will require lifelong care.
Dr. Grysen’s experience in both the medical and legal fields will ensure that the needs of your child are represented. Call 800-727-1470 or email us today.
Brachial Plexus – Erb’s Palsy
Another common birth related injury to the brachial plexus. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons defines the brachial plexus as the point where the nerves to the arm, hand and fingers connect to the spinal cord. These injuries occur when your baby’s shoulders are impacted causing tears or stretches to the area during birth.
Depending on the type of injury to the brachial plexus, your child may be diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy. An injury of this type impacts the upper nerves causes a loss of movement in the shoulder area.
The severity of a brachial plexus injury may vary. Some children heal by the age of 3 to 4 months old. However, many children require physical therapy for their injury or in some cases surgery to repair damage to the brachial plexus.
If your child has a brachial plexus injury from his or her birth contact Dr. Grysen today. Call us at 800-727-1470 for an initial free consultation.