Researchers hope that with more precise classification, doctors can identify a patient’s specialized treatment needs, resulting in more effective treatment.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 12, 2014
The birth injury patient advocates at CerebralPalsyHelp.org are alerting parents of new study information on the site concerning the classification of cerebral palsy. A recent Swedish study found that better identification of the disorder may help with treatment*.
The CP Help Center is a national advocacy center providing the latest on cerebral palsy treatment, clinical trials, resources and litigation news. Parents can learn more about their child’s condition and how it may have been caused, get information on available assistance, and decide if they should seek legal advice.
Cerebral palsy restricts muscle movement, coordination and posture. The leading cause of functional and developmental disability in children in the United States**, it occurs in approximately 3.3 out of every 1,000 births, and affects approximately 500,000 children**.
While CP alters muscle function, it is actually a neurological disorder caused by brain damage to the parts that control muscle function***. This usually occurs before, during or after birth***.
Cerebral palsy may be caused by factors occurring to the fetus during pregnancy, or by trauma or asphyxiation during labor***. There is no cure at this time. However, researchers are working toward better treatments.
Now, the Help Center has learned of new research from Baylor University in conjunction with doctors from Sweden that may give patients with CP better options for treatment*. The work involves comparison of the gait, or walking motion, of patients with and without CP through a process called three-dimensional gait analysis (GA)*.
The study determined numerous ways that cerebral palsy can affect patients' movement patterns, and resulted in four new clinical categories that patients can be placed in*. Researchers hope that with more precise classification, doctors can identify a patient’s specialized treatment needs, resulting in more effective treatment*.
Anyone whose child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy should learn more about how their condition was caused, or speak with a lawyer about their legal options. The CP Help Center only recommends lawyers who specialize in cerebral palsy lawsuits.
For more information on the research, treatment, causes and litigation news related to cerebral palsy, or to speak with a lawyer, visit http://www.cerebralpalsyhelp.org today.
*News Medical, 7/31/14; http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140731/New-research-may-provide-better-treatment-options-for-children-with-cerebral-palsy.aspx
**National Institute of Health; ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
***March of Dimes; marchofdimes.com/baby/cerebral-palsy.aspx