Types of Cerebral Palsy
Atlanta Birth Injury Attorneys
Individuals diagnosed with
cerebral palsy can be affected in a number of different ways. In order to better treat
the condition, it has been classified into spastic, ataxic, and athetoid
palsy, based on common symptoms. Understanding these three types of cerebral
palsy can help you seek appropriate treatment suited to your child's needs.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy
As the most common form of the disorder, nearly 80% of cerebral palsy cases
are classified as spastic cerebral palsy. This type of cerebral palsy
is known to cause stiffness of movement on account of increased muscle
tone. The condition is further divided into three categories based on
its severity and how it affects the body.
Spastic diplegia/diparesis primarily affects the patient's legs, and may or may not affect other
parts of the body. Spastic diplegia is characterized by a stiff walking
motion called "scissoring."
Spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis only impairs one side of a person's body, typically the arm. In addition
to difficulty walking, the condition may cause scoliosis or seizures.
Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis is the most debilitating form of the disorder, and often affects the entire
body. A person with spastic quadriplegia is unlikely to walk and will
experience difficulty with speech. Other problems range from seizures
to intellectual limitations.
Ataxic and Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
The remaining types of cerebral palsy are less common, but still shape
the lives of families throughout the nation.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is known to cause difficulty with balance and coordination, in addition
to limiting controlled movement. Walking and writing are among the tasks
that may cause difficulty for a person with ataxic palsy. Limited depth
perception may also affect a person with this condition.
Dyskinetic palsy involves a more extensive loss of muscular control. Hands, arms, feet,
and/or legs may be affected by jerking movement. The face and tongue can
also be affected. Depending on the exact symptoms experienced, a person
may struggle with tasks such as walking, writing, speaking, and eating.
Children may develop any of the above conditions, or may experience a
combination of the three as they mature.
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